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Rock Valley College welcomes VP of community outreach and strategic partnerships

Rock Valley College announced the appointment of Chris Lewis as the college’s vice president of community outreach and strategic partnerships. In this role, Lewis will be responsible for the internal and external design, development and implementation of college-wide strategic and operational planning activities, and conducting community needs analysis that will expand the college’s external community relationship and programming to build enrollment growth with new and emerging markets.

Lewis comes to Rockford from Alabama where he worked for the Alabama Community College System since 2015. He served in numerous roles during that time, including interim president of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College and special assistant to the chancellor in workforce for the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

His past board affiliations include Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, 100 Black Men of Birmingham, Business Council of Alabama, Alabama Transit Association, and Green Resource Center for Alabama. He has also served on several State Commissions.

Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in financial management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a MBA in management from Troy University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in adult education from Auburn University.