Michael Lewellen, a former Portland Trail Blazers executive, recently was appointed vice president for marketing and communications at the University of Portland. (Courtesy University of Portland)
Michael Lewellen, a former Portland Trail Blazers executive, recently was appointed vice president for marketing and communications at the University of Portland. (Courtesy University of Portland)

Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman, president of the University of Portland, has appointed Michael Lewellen to the newly formed position of vice president for marketing and communications. Lewellen will lead the offices of marketing and communications, public affairs, and printing and mailing services.

“l am confident that our institution will greatly benefit from his perspective, his intellect and his creativity,” said Father Poorman.

Before joining U.P., Lewellen was vice president of corporate communications and public engagement for the Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter, a 30-acre sports and entertainment district located in Portland’s Lloyd District. Lewellen oversaw media relations, crisis response and civic engagement.

He’s also served as senior vice president for corporate communications at Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks and worked in corporate development and urban and minority affairs for Nike. His career has included senior positions with Heart of Florida United Way, NBC Universal/Universal Orlando Resort and Fox Sports Network. 

Lewellen is active in the local community. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Urban League of Portland and is on the board of the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Foundation, All Hands Raised and the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and in 2018 was awarded the Pat Tobin Award for career achievement by the National Black Public Relations Society – Los Angeles.