I have had the good fortune of knowing Lewis Thayne for some time now from his early career days in the advancement office at Mount Holyoke College to VP of Advancement at Franklin & Marshall College to his Presidency at Lebanon Valley College. In my two decades of search work in the education sector, Lewis is in the top 1% in terms of his leadership, his thoughtful strategic approach to challenges and opportunities, always showing the highest quality interactions with people, and one who is most thoughtful in each and every academic and/or administrative endeavor. I have the highest regard for Lewis and consider him a wonderfully talented colleague.
Doug Cooney, President
Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc.
Lewis Thayne understands the challenges of being a college president in this environment, but he also knows the joys of the position. His experience qualifies him to help presidents identify the “wins” that can galvanize support and build longer-term successes. In my interactions with Lewis over the years, I have profited from his insights into the fundamentals of the job: fundraising, cultivating the board, collaborating with faculty, and doing community outreach. And he brings to that knowledge a sophisticated understanding of how the higher education landscape is shifting and what that means for leaders. I can’t imagine a better confidant, advisor, and coach for college and university presidents.
Christopher Ames, President
Russell Sage College
Managing the changing landscape of higher education requires new and imaginative ways to identify and bring to fruition the opportunities that exist in that landscape. Over a distinguished career as an advancement professional, Lewis has worked successfully in tandem with college and university presidents. And, as President of Lebanon Valley College, he used that experience to achieve unprecedented success for the College during his tenure. I believe that Lewis would be an exceptional partner for any college or university president seeking to shape and lead their institution into the future.
Bruno M. Santonocito
Dean for development, communications and alumni relations at Columbia Law School
Vice president for development and university relations at Fordham University