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The University of Texas at Arlington Names Vice President for Development

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - University of Texas at Arlington President James D. Spaniolo today announced the appointment of James C. Lewis as vice president for development.

Lewis has 25 years of experience as a development professional in higher education and for the past 13 years has been vice president for institutional advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Prior to that he served for six years as vice president for development and two years as executive director of development at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. He also has held management positions at Southern Methodist University and Odessa College.

“We are delighted to welcome Jim Lewis to UT Arlington,” said President Spaniolo. “He is a respected leader in the field of higher education development and has a stellar track record for building and managing successful fundraising operations. We look forward to having someone of his caliber to lead our program.”

During his tenure at Austin College, Lewis provided leadership for the New Era Campaign, which resulted in raising more than $120 million to build and renovate 14 facilities, increasing the number of million-dollar donors from 11 to 46 and establishing 277 new scholarships totaling $26.5 million. He also helped increase total gift revenue from an average of just over $2 million annually in 1995 to an average of $13 million annually for the past six years.

“I am excited about joining the development team at UT Arlington,” said Lewis. “I would only have left my position at Austin College for an institution that is on the ascent and where I believe I can add significant value. UT Arlington is clearly on the move due to Jim Spaniolo and the other senior leadership. I look forward to playing a role in continuing to position the University as a leader in higher education in this region and beyond.”

Lewis is a native of Texas. He earned his M.B.A. in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He also holds an M.S. in student personnel and guidance and a B.S. in sociology/counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University). He and his wife, Cheryl, have one son, Tyler, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.

Lewis will begin his new post on May 15.


The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.