Position will provide business, industry and economic leadership on Eastside campus
Bellevue College has appointed Albert Lewis, Jr. as Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development. In this role, he will work to expand the college’s outreach in the business, industry and economic development sectors while responding to local economic development and training needs for both credit and noncredit programs.
“Economic and workforce development is a vital component of our college,” BC President, Dr. David Rule said. “Al’s contributions to this campus will not only shape our campus but the entire Eastside community for years to come.”
Mr. Lewis, who will start at Bellevue College on Sept. 8, comes to BC from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL where he is the dean of corporate, community and continuing education.
“People seek education and training to improve their lives, both personally and professionally,” Mr. Lewis said. “I am excited to be joining the Bellevue College team and I look forward to working together to ensure that Bellevue College is the provider of choice for continuing education options for business, industry and the community at large.”
Mr. Lewis brings over 18 years of experience in higher education with a focus on workforce and business development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech broadcasting from Marshall University, an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Akron and is currently studying for his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University.
Mr. Lewis currently serves as a mentor for Beating Odds Shattering Stereotypes (BOSS) for African-American Male Students at Moraine Valley Community College, and serves on several boards, including the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, Old Plank Trail Community Bank, and the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC).