Tom Lewis, vice president for government and community affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, will retire on June 30 after working for the institution for more than 16 years.
Lewis’ looming departure was announced jointly Thursday by JHU President Ronald J. Daniels, Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO and Dean of the Medical Faculty Paul B. Rothman, and Johns Hopkins Health System President and Executive Vice President for Johns Hopkins Medicine Kevin Sowers.
“Combining peerless experience in Maryland government, politics, and community affairs with a passion for our institutions, Tom has advanced our missions of research, education, and service in countless ways, and his friendship and collegiality will be missed,” the Hopkins leaders wrote in a message to their colleagues.
This year, Lewis was a major part of the lobbying effort to win full funding for the state’s Sellinger Program, which supports private colleges and universities in Maryland. Hopkins officials also credited him for increasing the visibility of JHU faculty members as expert witnesses testifying before legislative committees in Annapolis, and they said he was an integral part of the public-private partnership that coordinated Baltimore’s COVID-19 response during the pandemic.
“It is no exaggeration to say that their efforts to put public health information and resources in the hands of our neighbors helped save lives,” the leaders said.
Lewis is part of a power couple in Maryland politics and government: His wife, Victoria L. Gruber, is executive director of the Department of Legislative Services.
Jeanne D. Hitchcock, a veteran government affairs practitioner who is currently special advisor to the vice president for Local Government, Community and Corporate Affairs at Hopkins, will fill in for Lewis on an interim basis while a search for a permanent replacement takes place.