On behalf of the CIVIC Leadership Institute Board of Director’s we are excited to share that Cathy Lewis will be stepping into the role of Interim President and Chief Executive Officer until such time as a permanent CEO is identified.  Cathy will join the CIVIC team on January 24th 2023 to begin the transition period as outgoing President & CEO Sarah Jane Kirkland transitions into her new role with Old Dominion University.

Cathy Lewis was named President Emeritus of the CIVIC Leadership Institute in February 2022 and led the organization from 2001 – 2018.  Beyond CIVIC, she is best known as the founding host and executive producer of a public radio talk show that aired for 25 years in Hampton Roads.  Today, she is a professional speaker and facilitator who consults with organizations on corporate culture, staff engagement, communication, and strategic planning. For ten years, she has facilitated the quarterly Executive Discussion Series, co-presented by Cox Communications and Inside Business.  

Cathy has served on a variety of local boards, most recently co-chairing The Williams School Board of Trustees. She also served on the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments.  Cathy holds a B.A. from Marshall University and an Honorary Doctorate from Virginia Wesleyan University.  Please join us in a warm welcome for Cathy.


Sarah Jane Kirkland

President & CEO

CIVIC Leadership Institute