HOUGHTON, NY (WIVB) – Houghton College Has New Leader; Dr. Wayne D. Lewis Jr. was inaugurated Friday as the sixth president of the Christian School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The grand opening took place at the John & Charles Wesley Chapel on campus. The ceremony was webcast to the public, while the professors attended in person.
Lewis, a native of New Orleans, came to Houghton after previous stops at Belmont University as inaugural Dean of the School of Education, of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as Commissioner of Education and of the University of Kentucky as a faculty member. He began his career teaching in public schools in Louisiana and North Carolina.
He will lead Houghton’s faculty of nearly 1,000 students and oversee the college’s 50 undergraduate programs on the Houghton and Buffalo campuses.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the sixth president of Houghton College, one of the top Christian liberal arts and science colleges in the country,” said Lewis upon his selection as president. “For generations, Houghton has equipped Christian leaders, but I firmly believe that the next chapter in its history will be one of growth, wider reach and greater impact than the College has ever seen. . ”
The News Orleans native took over from Dr Shirley A. Mullen, who had served as president of Houghton since 2006.
Watch the inauguration below:
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