VP, Community Outreach & Strategic Partnerships
Rock Valley College
Rockford, IL 61114
Chris Lewis currently serves as Vice President of Rock Valley College. Prior to this assignment in January 2019, Chris served as Special Assistant for Workforce for the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) where he worked as a liaison with Trenholm State Community College where he led the coordination of both the Adult Education and Workforce Develop programs for the college. Chris is on loan from being the Montgomery/Selma Center Director for the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) where he coordinates ATN activities with Workforce Development partners with an emphasis on assisting business organizations and manufacturers with opportunities in the areas of engineering, quality systems, environmental safety and health, industrial maintenance and other needs of industry while managing ATN center employees. In all of his roles he develops relationships with external organizations to raise the awareness of the Alabama Community College System’s mission and services. Chris has also served as a Financial Services Representative with Principal Financial Group where he helped individuals, families, and businesses with their financial goals. Prior to joining ACCS and Principal Financial, Lewis served as President & CEO of the South Region Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC). The SRMSDC is a non-profit corporation chartered to enhance business opportunities for minority-owned companies by providing support through developing mutually beneficial networking opportunities with corporate members and promoting minority- business development. Chris is a former business owner serving as Managing Partner for L&S Enterprises and also has extensive experience in small business development from serving as Director of Supplier Diversity for Motion Industries until leaving in 2005 to start L&S Enterprises.
Chris has been active in the community and his past board affiliations include: Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, 100 Black Men of Birmingham, Business Council of Alabama, Alabama Transit Association and Green Resource Center for Alabama and has served on several State Commissions.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a MBA in management from Troy University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Adult Education from Auburn University.