- Lewis has held many titles at Winthrop since his arrival in 1999 as executive assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Trustees.
- Lewis is the fourth member of the Winthrop executive staff to be selected for a chief executive position at least partly on the strength of the Vision of Distinction planning process and opportunities for replicating it.
Winthrop University, "Winthrop VP Brien Lewis Named as Catawba College President" (2012). Winthrop News 2012. 33.