T.W. Lewis Center at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU Welcomes New Executive Director - AZEdNews
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T.W. Lewis Center at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU Welcomes New Executive Director


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  • Emma Wolff   |   Barrett, The Honors College

Barrett, The Honors College Of ASU

Leadership at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University has announced the appointment of Ann Atkinson as Executive Director of the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development.

Atkinson, an ASU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business and honors from Barrett, the Honors College, began her distinguished 17-year healthcare real estate investment career with an internship she completed as a student in Barrett.  She is an entrepreneur, CEO, and former public company executive who is passionate about developing the next generation.

Atkinson will oversee the vision and execution of the T.W. Lewis Center, where she will lead a team of faculty and staff and manage operations. She succeeds Scott Kaufmann, the center’s first executive director.

“Ann understands the value of a Barrett education and how the T.W. Lewis Center enhances honors students’ experiences and supports them in their personal and academic journeys,” said Mark Jacobs, Dean of Barrett Honors College. “Students will need extra support as they transition back to campus, and we’re lucky to have Ann leading the way at the Lewis Center.”

The T.W. Lewis Center, which was launched in July 2019, prepares Barrett students for the challenges and opportunities of life. It does this through innovative courses, workshops, and an engaging speaker series focused on self-awareness (behaviors, values, strengths), personal values and character development, leadership and entrepreneurship, decision-making and risk-taking, career planning, success and happiness.

“My career has enabled me to build a strong network of relationships with some of the foremost leaders in the community and the nation and I now have the opportunity to introduce Barrett students to these leaders,” said Atkinson. “I look forward to applying the combination of my business and life experience, my allegiance to my alma mater, and my passion to elevate the next generation, to help Barrett students achieve success beyond the classroom.”