Browne C. Lewis, who was named the dean of North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2020, was found dead in her hotel room.
According to WTVD, on June 2, Lewis was attending a conference in Colorado. There are no other public details about her death.
NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye said in a statement, "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.”
Dean Malik Edwards said, "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 added, "She wanted to be a dean here because she wanted to be at an HBCU. Unfortunately, there are (few) opportunities for first-generation students and for minority students to become lawyers...African Americans represent less than 5% of the bar and that's something she wanted to change.”
July 1 would have marked Browne C. Lewis’ two-year anniversary as the dean of North Carolina Central University School of Law.