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University of Minnesota Alumni Association names Lisa Lewis president and CEO

April 10, 2013

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The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Board of Directors named Lisa R. Lewis president and chief executive officer at its April 6 meeting. Lewis is currently the executive director of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association. She will join the UMAA on May 31.

Lewis arrives with 23 years of alumni association experience. Prior to her executive director role at the University of Connecticut, Lewis served as assistant vice president of communications for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in Tampa, Fla. She also held positions of president of the University of South Florida Alumni Association, Inc., and associate vice president of alumni affairs for the University of South Florida in Tampa.

"We are excited to welcome Lisa to lead the Alumni Association and move forward with the organization’s strategic initiatives," said Kent Horsager, UMAA Board chair. "Her proven track record leading alumni associations coupled with her ability to build positive relationships and push beyond traditional business models will grow the contributions of the Alumni Association to this great University and its alumni."

Lisa says of her new opportunity, "I'm honored to be named President and CEO of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and become part of the Gopher family. The Association has a strong tradition of leadership and I look forward to working with the entire University community to engage loyal members and alumni worldwide in support of the U."

Lewis has served in several leadership roles with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as well as the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE). She is an honors graduate of the University of South Florida with degrees in both marketing and public relations. She brings to the alumni association experience in all aspects of association management, with expertise in leadership, board management, membership, marketing, communications, income development, legislative advocacy, strategic planning, and financial and staff management.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a nearly 60,000-member organization that fosters a lifelong spirit of belonging and pride by connecting alumni, students and friends to the University of Minnesota and each other.

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Lisa R. Lewis

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