CEO Named for South Bend Empowerment Zone

CEO Named for South Bend Empowerment Zone
Posted on 07/20/2022
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Dr. Davion Lewis has been named as Chief Executive Officer for the South Bend Empowerment Zone (SBEZ). Lewis’ appointment was approved Wednesday afternoon at the SBEZ Board meeting.

“Dr. Lewis’ experience and credentials are a perfect fit for the needs of this position,” said SBEZ Board Chairman Sam Centellas. “He has driven lasting results and brings a vast experience of  leading dramatic academic improvements in schools with populations very similar to those in South Bend’s Empowerment Zone.”

As leader for the Empowerment Zone, Lewis will report directly to the SBEZ Board, and will oversee the schools’ academic goals, budget, and leadership.

“I am humbled to be selected as the next Zone Chief. During the selection process, I had the opportunity to meet Board members from both SBEZ and SBCSC, Superintendent Dr. Cummings, teachers and staff, and most importantly, students and families. In a similar vein, I intend to engage and collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that we are working together to improve outcomes for our children,” said Lewis.

Lewis previously served as Executive Director of School Support and Improvement for New Orleans Public Schools. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director for The RISE Schools and Deputy Director of School and District Partnerships for New Classrooms Innovation Partners.


Sam Centellas

SBEZ Board Chair



Monica Garvey

Assistant Director of Communications