Former U.S. Ambassador Delano Lewis Joins the Board of Directors of the American Institutes for Research

Washington, D.C. - Delano Lewis, former U.S. ambassador to South Africa and past president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio (NPR), has been unanimously elected to the Board of Directors of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a nonpartisan, nonprofit social and behavioral science research organization.

"We are delighted that Ambassador Lewis will be contributing his broad range of insights and knowledge to AIR as we grow as an organization both in the United States and internationally," said AIR President and Chief Executive Officer Sol H. Pelavin..

Lewis was unanimously approved by AIR’s Board of Directors to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Charles Lee, former chairman and co-CEO of Verizon Communications.

Lewis was U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 1999 through 2001, after serving as CEO of NPR from 1994 through 1998. Before joining NPR, he was president of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts and was an attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law.

AIR conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers evidence-based technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of education, health and workforce development. It is based in Washington, D.C.

About AIR

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity.

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