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Earl Lewis

Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor and President Emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Earl Lewis is the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions and the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of history, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy. He is president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the former provost of Emory University (2004-12) and dean and vice provost of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan (1998-2004). A noted social historian and academic leader, Lewis has been the recipient of eleven honorary degrees.