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Building Better Communities Through Passion, Power, Politics and Purpose​

Featuring Ambassador Delano Lewis

Monday, February 18, 2019
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Park Library - Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium
Open to the public. General admission seating.

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Delano E. Lewis, Sr., served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa from 1999 to 2001. He also served 10 years in the federal government, including as an attorney with the Department of Justice; attorney in the Office of Compliance in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; associate director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Nigeria; and country director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Uganda. He was legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts and Chief of Staff for Delegate Walter Fauntroy of the District of Columbia.

Ambassador Lewis is the author of two books: It all Begins With Self: How to Discover Your Passion, Connect with People, and Succeed in Life (2015) and No Condition is Permanent: Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa reflects on Passion, Politics, Power and Purpose (2018). He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees including Washingtonian of the Year in 1978 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas in 2017.

Program Information

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The Honorable Delano Lewis will discuss his career followed by an interview format discussion with Kevin Essebaggers, 9&10 News anchor and CMU alumnus. Joining the discussion will be Lewis' son, Geoff Lewis, who has more than 25 years of top-level management experience in culture awareness consulting, marketing, communications, and business development.

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Event Sponsors

The Griffin Policy Forums address social, political, economic, environmental and other current issues. They are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Central Michigan University.

For more information, contact David Rutledge at 989-774-3442 or

About the Griffin Endowed Chair

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It provides continuing support to fund the salary and associated costs of a government and public policy expert to serve as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration​ and to host twice yearly forums addressing public policy issues.

The Griffin endowment was named to recognize the significant public service of distinguished CMU alumni Senator Robert P. Griffin, '47​, and Marjorie Griffin, '44. Read more​​​​​