A seasoned executive with an MBA in Finance, undergraduate degree in business management/human resources, and extensive experience in both private and public sector. Mr. Lewellen’s interests are in the development and execution of human resources strategies tied to business objectives, culture and leadership development; and optimization of the human resources structure, function, talent and connections for higher education. He is currently a consultant member of the Registry for College & University Presidents, and Human Resources Consulting Practice Lead for the Registry Advisory Services.
Mr. Lewellen’s recent assignments as Registry Interim Chief HR Officer include Connecticut College, St Petersburg College, Brandeis University, and University of Maine. Important accomplishments include reorganizing systems/structure/staffing of HR, elevating the status and services of the office, integrating across the institution, and recruiting talented ongoing CHROs.
Mr. Lewellen was employed for ten years with a Fortune 1000 electronics firm in human resources and in organizational performance and served on the international human resources steering committee. His career at Ohio State University spanned almost 30 years, with 14 years as the Vice President and Chief HR Officer for the entire university and medical center—an extremely complex national research university. Mr. Lewellen gained broad business and leadership experience in ventures such as co-leading statewide pension reform, healthcare and public sector employment reform, while undertaking significant work on organizational performance at the cabinet and board level. He served as the oversight official for an affiliated corporation providing healthcare to 65,000 faculty, staff, and dependents. During his career at Ohio State, he gained experience in all facets of human resources operations, services and leadership, including wellness, compensation, executive compensation, benefits, talent, employee relations, labor negotiations, management information, enterprise systems, leadership development, strategic planning,, and enterprise-wide culture transformation. He also draws upon a full year of innovation training and five years as a vice president in the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center focused on healthcare innovation and transformation.