Delano E. Lewis
Delano E. Lewis, Sr. serves on the boards of the Colgate-Palmolive Company and the American Institutes for Research. He is a native Kansan, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and a juris doctorate from Washburn University School of Law, Topeka Kansas.
Mr. Lewis served ten years in the federal government from 1963 until 1973. He served as an attorney with the Department of Justice; as an attorney in the Office of Compliance in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; associate director of the US Peace Corps in Nigeria and country director of the US Peace Corps in Uganda; legislative assistant to US Senator Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts; and chief of staff for Delegate Walter Fauntroy of the District of Columbia. From 1973 until 1984, Delano Lewis was an executive with the C& P Telephone Company in Washington DC, a subsidiary of AT&T. From 1984 until 1994, he was an officer of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), retiring in 1994 as president and CEO of the District of Columbia operations. In 1994, Mr. Lewis was named president and CEO of National Public Radio in Washington, DC. In 1999, President Clinton nominated Mr. Lewis as US Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. The United States Senate confirmed him in 1999. He assumed his Ambassadorship in Pretoria, South Africa and served until 2001. In 2006, he assumed the position of senior fellow at New Mexico State University where he established The Institute for International Relations and served as director. From 2010-2011 he held the position of interim dean of international and border programs at the University.
Mr. Lewis has been a recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, most notably, Washingtonian of the Year in 1978. He received a distinguished alumni citation from his alma mater, The University of Kansas, in 1994. He has also received numerous honorary degrees from institutions such as Barry University, Bowie State University, Washburn University, George Washington University, Kent State University, NOVA Southeastern University, Southern Illinois University, and Lafayette College.
Mr. Lewis served on the Meyer Foundation board from 1981-1991, serving as chair from 1990-1991.