J. Michael Lewis
Mr. J. Michael Lewis of Dallas was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on Jan. 23, 2017. He currently serves as the chairman of the Carr Foundation Board of Trustees, is a member of the Finance and Administration Committee and the Investment Advisory Committee of the Texas Tech University Endowment, and has served as a board member of the Texas Tech Foundation. His term expires on Jan. 31, 2023.
Lewis has also served as chairman of the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration Advisory Council, TTU System Chancellor’s Council and the Matador Society. In addition, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Rawls College of Business in 2014.
Community leadership has long been important to Lewis as he has served the State of Texas on the Governor’s University Research Initiative Advisory Board. In 1989, he and his wife, Robin, co-founded Providence Christian School of Texas, a nonprofit, non-denominational school, and were founding directors of the West Dallas Community School in 1995 where Lewis continues to serve on its board today. He is a director of the State Fair of Texas, member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation Advisory Board and a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.
Lewis started a series of private partnerships based in Dallas to acquire oil and gas mineral interests in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. He served as an executive officer at Columbus Realty Trust, a multi-family REIT and Dean Foods Corporation, the largest dairy processor in the U.S.
Lewis spent 19 years serving in various executive positions at Southland Life Insurance Company and Southland Financial Corporation while residing in Dallas.
Lewis is a sixth-generation Texan who grew up in Olney and graduated from Texas Tech in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in chemistry. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1975 with a master’s degree in business administration.
Most of the achievements can be attributed to the loving support and advice of his wife of 40 years. They are proud parents of four adult children along with six granddaughters.