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Howard University School of Business Welcomes Two New Deans

Andre Lane and Sharon Strange Lewis

WASHINGTON – The Howard University School of Business has appointed Sharon Strange Lewis as Assistant Dean of Impact and Engagement and Andre Lane as Assistant Dean of Innovation and Administration. In these positions, Strange Lewis and Lane will lead the School of Business into an innovative future.  

“Sharon and Andre have been important members of the Howard community for many years. I am honored that they have chosen to bring their expertise to the School of Business, and I look forward to the contributions they will make as we continue to move Howard University into the future,” said Anthony D. Wilbon, PhD, PMP, dean of the Howard University School of Business. 

As assistant dean of impact and engagement, Strange Lewis is responsible for the strategic alignment of the school’s initiatives. “I am excited to bring my expertise to the School of Business in this role. The ability to uniquely enhance the intellectual capital of our students through innovative touchpoints with corporations, faculty and staff members creates a strong academic foundation which primes them for successful careers,” said Strange Lewis. 

She is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, a prestigious professional development program for women in the cable & telecommunications industry. Strange Lewis holds an Executive MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University.    

Before joining the School of Business, she was the director of alumni relations for the University where she was responsible for the strategic planning, creation, and overall management of alumni programs. Under her direction, initiatives like She’s Howard: Own Your Power, The Howard Alumni Book Club, and the Alumni Business Directory were created.   

Strange Lewis launched her career in higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park where she held various leadership roles within the Women and Diversity, Alumni Relations, and Career Services departments at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.  

Before transitioning to a career in higher education, she was responsible for several award-winning campaigns in her role as vice president of creative services for Black Entertainment Television (BET).  During her tenure at BET, Strange Lewis was also instrumental in launching BET Jazz and BET International.  

In his new role, Lane leads continuous improvement efforts to assure the effective, efficient deployment of technology resources and process optimization, while cultivating a culture of technology literacy and operational excellence. He also coordinates the identification, analysis, and prioritization of new initiatives. 

“As a part of the Howard University community for almost 12 years, I look forward to joining the team in the School of Business, where I hope to help continue the legacy of excellence and innovation,” said Lane. 

Before joining the School of Business, Lane was a senior program director in the Office of Research, where he worked to develop, implement, and monitor systems managing all grant spending within the University. In addition, he collaborated directly with deans and associate deans for research and academic affairs with on-going assessments of contract and grant strategic plans for each of the 14 colleges and schools.  Before this appointment, Lane was the director of the Hayes Senior Wellness Center, one of the six DC Government-funded centers in the district. In this role, he grew the center from a three-person team to a six-person staff with over 35 consultants, while more than doubling the grant award.    

Lane is a University of Maryland graduate, where he studied Kinesiology and Sports Management. He then obtained an MBA in Finance from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University). He holds a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute. 




About Howard University  

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, two Schwarzman Scholar, more than 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.