John joined Coleman Lew + Associates in 2012 after serving as president of Presbyterian College. During his 30-year career in higher education leadership, he served as dean of admissions and vice president for development at Davidson College, and then president of Lyon College.
Prior to his work in higher education, he served as chaplain of the Dana Hall School for Girls in Wellesley, MA.
During his tenure at Presbyterian College, he oversaw the launch of a $160 million campaign, the establishment of a doctoral program in pharmacy, the college’s transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I (FCS), the recruitment of a Confucius Institute and, in China under the auspices of the US State Department, a Center for American Culture. During the 2008-11 recession, John formulated and led a campus-wide prioritization of programs with an associated plan for resource allocations. Throughout his career, he has focused on board development, strategic planning, and resource development. He has also conducted national searches for key positions at the collegiate level.
John earned his undergraduate degree (with honors) from Dickinson College, a M.Div. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Syracuse University. He has been recognized with several gubernatorial appointments including the independent college representative to the SC Commission on Higher Education, the SC Economic Ambassador of the Year, and the NC Humanities Council.
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John is good at a lot of things, but retirement isn’t one of them. He’s supposed to be retired now, but he’s an executive coach and part-time consultant. He walks four miles a day (at 5:30 a.m., no less) and practices yoga twice a day. He loves to paint with watercolor and dance with his grandkids. He’s introduced them to “Proud Mary” and is proud to say they like CCR.