The dean of the North Carolina Central University School of Law was found dead in her hotel room Thursday, the university announced.
Browne C. Lewis was attending a conference at the time of her death. She joined the university back in 2020.
Lewis died just a month shy of her 2-year anniversary with NCCU. She was an accomplished legal scholar, attorney and mentor.
“Her vision was clear from day one in leading the school as one that provides unique opportunities for diverse, talented future attorneys to be practice-ready practitioners,” NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye said in a statement.
Dean Malik Edwards said Lewis was just making her impact on the community. He was devastated to hear about her sudden death.
“I think there’s definitely a hole. But the good thing is, she had a vision, and she put that vision into place. And luckily, we have structures that allow those pieces to move forward,” Edwards said.
He said she spearheaded and created so many opportunities for minorities in the law field and those programs and lessons will continue in her honor.
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SOURCE: ABC11, Tamara Scott