Stephen R. Lewis, Jr.

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Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. "is President Emeritus and Professor of Economics at Carleton College. He served as president from 1987 to 2002. He began his administrative experience at Williams College, where he twice served as Provost of the College (1968-71 and 1973-77). In January 2007 he was elected Chairman of the Boards of RiverSource Funds, the Minneapolis-based mutual fund group, formerly IDS Funds."[1]


"An economist with a specialty in developing economies, Lewis received his BA, cum laude from Williams in 1960, and his PhD in Economics from Stanford in 1963. He taught Economics at Stanford (1962-63), Harvard (1965-66), the University of Nairobi (1971-72) and Williams (1966-87), where he held the Herbert H. Lehman Professorship," the biographical note states.[1]

"As Research Advisor to the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Karachi (1963-65), Lewis headed a research section on fiscal policy; his work resulted in two books, including Pakistan: Industrialization and Trade Policy (1970). He also lived in Nairobi (1971-73) where he served as an Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of the Government of Kenya," it states.[1]

"In 1975, Lewis began a long association with Botswana, serving as Economic Consultant to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on a resident basis in 1977-78 and 1980-82, on short term assignments each year from 1975 to 1988, and occasionally since then. Lewis was awarded the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service by the Botswana Government in 1983. With Charles Harvey he coauthored Policy Choice and Development Performance in Botswana (1990). Lewis edited Q.K.J. Masire’s Very Brave or Very Foolish: Memoirs of an African Democrat (Macmillan, 2006). Masire was a founder (in 1962 of the Botswana Democratic Party, and served as Botswana’s Vice President and Minister of Finance from 1966 to 1980 and as President from 1980 to 1998. Lewis was awarded the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service by the Botswana Government in 1983," it states.[1]

"As a result of his work in Southern Africa, Lewis was asked by the Council on Foreign Relations to analyze the South African economy, which resulting in his 1990 book The Economics of Apartheid. His work on fiscal issues in developing countries resulted in several articles as well as a textbook, Taxation for Development (1984)," it states.[1]

"Lewis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, a trustee of William Mitchell College of Law, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a Director of RiverSource Funds and Valmont Industries, Inc. and a consultant to The Presidential Practice, which provides counsel to newly elected college presidents. He has received honorary degrees from Williams, Carleton, Macalester College, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and Lingnan University in Hong Kong," it states.[1]

An earlier biographical note stated that he was a member of the board of directors of XDX Innovative Refrigeration and Xenomosis LLC.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Stephen R. Lewis Jr.:Biography", Carleton College website, accessed January 2010.

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