FAYETTEVILLE – Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Associate Athletic Director Bev Lewis has been named the NACGC/W South Central Region Administratior of the Year. After serving the University of Arkansas as a coach and an administrator for more than three decades, Bev Lewis has announced she will retire on June 30, 2014. The former Director of Women’s Athletics and current Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Associate Athletic Director, Lewis has been at the forefront of creating opportunities for all Razorback student-athletes, especially those competing in women’s sports. As Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Associate Athletic Director over the past six years, Lewiswas instrumental in the seamless combining of the men’s and women’s athletic departments into one unified department.
Lew was instrumental in the creation of the gymnastics program in 2001 with the hire of Mark Cook and Rene Lyst. Lewis Sheserves as the coordinator of a five-member sport administrator group that provides day-to-day administrative support for each of Arkansas’ 19 sports.In addition to overseeing the sport administrator group, sheserves assport administrator for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, softball and volleyball.In addition, Lewishas overseen media relations, oversees and coordinates the Razorback Performance Team, including the strength and conditioning programs, nutrition, psychology, athletic training and sports medicine for both men and women. She also stays involved in fund raising and serves asthe athletic departmentliaison to the faculty senate and the faculty athletic committee, and coordinates the department’s Title IX compliance.Lewis spent 19 years (1989-2007) as the Director of Women’s Athletics. The hallmark of that stint was the overall excellence of the entire women’s athletics program.
During her tenure, the University of Arkansas has moved to increase athletic participation for women with the addition of volleyball, golf, gymnastics and softball. All four sports competed in NCAA post-season competition by each inaugural recruiting class’ senior season and have established themselves as nationally competitive programs. Every Razorback women’s sport achieved a new athletic performance pinnacle under her leadership.