March 15, 2010

Tom Lewis appointed VP for government, community affairs

Tom Lewis joined Johns Hopkins as director of state affairs in 2005.

Tom Lewis joined Johns Hopkins as director of state affairs in 2005.

Thomas S. Lewis, director of state affairs for Johns Hopkins since 2005 and a longtime key staff member in the Maryland General Assembly, has been appointed the university’s vice president for government and community affairs.

Lewis, who has led Johns Hopkins’ federal, state, local and community relations teams on an interim basis since July, was named to the post on a permanent basis Monday by the university’s board of trustees. He will also serve as a vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“Tom is a gifted leader and public policy veteran who has proven himself time and again in roles both inside and outside of government service,” said Ronald J. Daniels, president of the university, who recommended Lewis’ appointment to the trustees following an extensive national search. “He is an effective communicator, an astute analyst and strategist, and a man of unquestioned integrity.”

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Lewis served in Maryland’s state government for more than 17 years, including 11 as chief of staff to two successive speakers of the House of Delegates. He helped lawmakers enact economic development and environmental initiatives, Medicaid reform, the Thornton K-12 education reform, a state historic tax credit program and several health care and health insurance reforms.

Lewis is a 1978 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a law degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1982 and a master’s in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1991. Beginning in 1987, he served two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon in western Africa.

Daniels said that the university will separate the oversight of its central communications and public affairs staff from the government and community affairs portfolio, where it has been since 2002, and assign it to a new vice president.

“The job of representing all of Johns Hopkins—university and health system—at the federal, state, local and community levels is a huge and important one,” Daniels said. “So, too, is the job of telling the Johns Hopkins story to audiences here at home and around the world, both our friends and those who don’t yet know us well. Both those functions—government and community affairs and communications—sit in rapidly changing landscapes and face evolving challenges.” He said a search for the new position will begin soon.