Luis Lewin, an executive with more than 25 years of experience in media and consumer products companies, has been named Ohio University's new associate vice president for human resources. His appointment is effective Nov. 17.
Lewin most recently was senior vice president of corporate human resources for Tribune Co. The Chicago-based company publishes the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, among other newspapers, and owns television stations and Web sites in top markets.
An alumnus, Lewin earned his master's degree in modern languages from Ohio University in 1974. He also holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education, psychology and Spanish from Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.
"We are very pleased to have an Ohio alumnus returning to campus as our associate vice president for human resources," said Bill Decatur, senior vice president for finance and administration. "Luis has an extensive and high-level human resource experience, including work in a shared-services environment.
"He brings an effective style that focuses on listening to stakeholders and embracing discourse prior to making decisions," Decatur added.
In his new role, Lewin is charged with developing, implementing and managing human resource programs for Ohio University's 4,100 employees, who work at six campuses and two centers in Southeast Ohio.
A cornerstone of Lewin's work will be to ensure that the university's human resource policies support Ohio University's Vision OHIO strategic plan. In that capacity, he will shape and guide university initiatives to review compensation plans aimed at recruiting and retaining top talent and work with the newly created Shared Services Center to leverage technology to reduce costs and improve employee satisfaction.
At Tribune Co., which he joined in 1987, Lewis oversaw a $30 million budget for human resources, property and corporate security. His accomplishments included creating the company's first benefits center, which centralized transaction work and enabled Tribune human resources personnel to spend more time on employee issues.
He and other senior managers left the Tribune Co. in 2008, not long after the company was sold to a private equity firm.
Lewin said the position is a good match for his public- and private-sector experience.
"My principal interest in this opportunity is the intellectual challenge offered by Ohio University," he said, citing the institution's history, cultural diversity and commitment to developing the next generation of leaders, among other factors.
"Last, but not least," he said, "OU was the only graduate school to offer me a teaching assistantship with free tuition at a time in my life when I did not have the monetary resources to study toward a master's degree. I have a strong sense of loyalty."
In his free time, Lewin is a long-distance runner who has finished 10 marathons in the past nine years. He met his wife, Sylvia, at Ohio University.
Lewin will succeed Linda Lonsinger, who has served as interim associate vice president for human resources since Jim Kemper left the position in June. Lonsinger will resume her duties as director of employee and labor relations for University Human Resources.