Florida Memorial University selects Henry Lewis as new president
South Florida Times
November 11, 2010
The dean of Florida A&M University has been tapped as the next leader of South Florida only historically black institute of higher learning.
Henry Lewis III, one of three finalists for the post, was introduced to nearly 300 faculty, staff and students of Miami Gardens-based Florida Memorial University on Tuesday by Charles W. George, chairman of FMU’s Board of Trustees.
“I see a diamond in the rough in Florida Memorial University and I am confident that the institution can be the greatest institution it can be,” Lewis said of the Miami Gardens institution that is home of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, widely regarded as the national anthem for African Americans.
Lewis has served as dean and professor in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for the past fifteen years and once served as interim president.
He also served as dean of the Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for four years and is past president of the Minority Health Professions Foundation and the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools.
Under his leadership, the two organizations secured more than $100 million in support of programs improving the quality of education and availability of health care to underserved communities.