Jolie Lewis

Dean of Student Success and Retention Division of Student Life, Student Success and Inclusion

At Emory & Henry College, people pursue their passions and change the world. Jolie Lewis’s passion, as Dean of Student Success and Retention, is to work at every level to promote student success, from meeting with students who want to talk through a difficult situation, to helping shape institutional practices and creating new pathways for student success.

Emory & Henry is proud of the safety net we provide to students as they embark on their college experience. We ask professors to share feedback about students’ academic performance three times each semester. Jolie organizes that effort, making sure that if a student is having a hard time, someone checks in with them, often their coach, faculty advisor, or a staff member in the Powell Resource Center or Student Life.

Jolie also oversees Orientation programs, the Russell Scholars Program for first-year students who want an extra layer of support as they start college, and a peer mentoring program.

Whether you are a current student, a prospective student, a parent, or an employee, she can help you find answers to your questions–or connect you to the people who can.

Before coming to Emory & Henry in 2013, Jolie taught creative writing and adult education, worked at an nonprofit leadership program for high school girls in West Virginia, and spent several years as a newspaper reporter in Washington state and Alaska. She has degrees in chemical engineering and creative writing. Her short stories and essays have been published in Tin House, Shenandoah, Southern Cultures, and elsewhere.


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, The Ohio State University

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