Dr. Lynn Lewis Elected President of State Board of Nursing
CONTACT: DR. LYNN LEWIS, 646-1437
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/4/2009
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Dr. Lynn Lewis, of Easley, dean of the Health Education Division at Tri-County Technical College, has been elected president of the State Board of Nursing for 2009 - 10.
Dr. Lewis was appointed by Governor Mark Sanford in 2003 to represent the Third Congressional District on the nine-member board. Dr. Lewis served as secretary of the board from 2005 - 2007. She was elected vice president for 2008 – 09.
The board meets bi-monthly and its mission is the protection of public health, safety and welfare by assuring safe and competent practices of nursing.
Dr. Lewis joined Tri-County in 2002 as chair of the Health Education Division which is comprised of the following departments: Associate Degree Nursing, Early Childhood Development, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology and Veterinary Technology. In 2005 she was named dean of the division.
She holds a B.S.N. from Clemson University, a master’s in Health Sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina and a doctorate in Vocational and Technical Education from Clemson.
Prior to joining Tri-County, she was with the Parke-Davis and UCB Pharmaceutical Companies for a decade. Her most recent position was senior clinical research scientist. Other positions held include senior medical and scientific affairs liaison and women’s healthcare territory manager. In addition she has been on the nursing faculty at Clemson University as director of Corporate & Community Education and on the staff of Baptist Medical Center, Easley (now Palmetto Health Baptist Easley) as its in-service educator and director of Staff Development and Public Relations. She began her career in 1978 as a staff nurse at that hospital.
Dr. Lewis served on the Pickens County Free Medical Clinic advisory board from 2004 – 2006, and currently serves on Clemson University’s School of Nursing advisory board. She was president of the board of directors for Pickens Educational Partnership in 2007.
She received the SC League for Nursing Award of Excellence in 2006 and the Palmetto Gold Award from the SC Nurses Foundation in 2007. She was selected as an “extraordinary woman in healthcare” panelist by AnMed Health last March and was a National League of Nursing Ambassador in 2007. Dr. Lewis was named Pickens County Career Woman of the Year in 2004 and Tri-County Technical College’s Administrator of the Year in 2005.
Dr. Lewis is a former member of Phi Kappa Phi at Clemson University, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and she was a charter member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing at Clemson University. Other memberships include the National League for Nursing (agency member) and the SC League for Nursing.
Dr. Lewis is a lifelong member of Easley Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Adult Choir. She has two adult children and lives in Easley.