Randall W. Lewis, executive vice president for marketing with The Lewis Group of Companies, has been named a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cal State San Bernardino.
“Through his nearly 50-year career in the real estate industry as well as through his extensive community leadership and service, Randall Lewis has become a well-known and widely respected business leader and philanthropist,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “We are delighted to award him with an honorary doctorate for his efforts. He has significantly contributed to the quality of life in the Inland Empire region by promoting an admirable range of endeavors and initiatives in the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives.”
The honorary doctorate will be bestowed on Lewis at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, during the fall 2021 commencement ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Coussoulis Arena.
Lewis oversees sales and marketing operations for the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies, started by his parents as a home building firm in 1955. Today, it is among the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies. The Lewis Group focuses on developing mixed-use planned communities and residential subdivisions in California and Nevada, as well as building and owning rental communities, shopping centers, and office and industrial parks.
Lewis is an active and philanthropic supporter of health, education and the arts. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern California Association of Governments, as well as the Board of the Southern California Leadership Council. Lewis is a past trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is a current Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation. He also serves on several executive boards, including the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
In recognition of his service, Lewis was inducted into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame and was honored as the Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Awards Person of the Year. In 2004, he was an honoree of the California Homebuilding Foundation and in 2006 the Los Angeles Times named him to the “West 100” list as one of the top 100 influential people in Southern California.
Additional recognition conferred upon Lewis includes: the Max C. Tipton Memorial Award (1992), the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award, Southern California Association of Governments President Award for Sustainability Leader of the Year (2014) and the 2014 ULI Bob Santos Industry Leadership Award in Sustainable Community Development. In 2015, he established the Lewis Family Inland Empire Changemaker Fund to support programs and social innovations benefitting the Inland Empire. Lewis also created the Randall Lewis Health and Policy Fellowship program to ensure the development of health professionals who possess the skills to influence positive change in the IE.
Lewis earned a baccalaureate degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College.