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K-State Today

January 18, 2022

Daren Lee Lewis appointed Collegian Media Group assistant director

Submitted by David Levy

The Collegian Media Group has appointed Daren Lee Lewis to assume the role of assistant director. Lewis joined Collegian Media Group in January 2020 to advise students who sell advertising for the Collegian newspaper and Manhappenin' magazine and to oversee distribution.

In 2021 Lewis was promoted to director of advertising sales and marketing.

"Daren works really well with our students," said David Levy, director of Collegian Media Group. "He has a real knack for leading and inspiring them to a level of exceeding goals and expectations. He's also done a fantastic job at evolving his position and I'm thrilled with his promotion to assistant director."

Lewis replaces John Walter, who resigned as associate director at the end of the fall semester.

"While we will sorely miss John and wish him well in his new endeavors," bringing Daren into the role makes perfect sense," Levy said. "He knows the organization, he loves our students and we work very well together."

"As assistant director, we expect more great things from Daren as he helps shape the organization for students and employees alike into the future," said Andrew Smith, chair of the Collegian Media Group board. "His hard work and dedication have been a great example to our student employees in particular, and his success in that area made him an easy choice for the assistant director position."

Lewis will continue to advise the advertising sales and marketing students. Levy, who advises the Collegian, will serve as interim advisor to both the Royal Purple and Manhappenin' for the spring 2022 semester. The Collegian Media Group board plans to search for a qualified candidate to begin advising the yearbook and magazine in July or August.

Collegian Media Group documents history and shares stories of K-State and Manhattan with communities on and off campus. Founded in 1946 as Student Publications Inc. and renamed in 2012, Collegian Media Group is a private enterprise overseen by a board of directors composed of university students, faculty and community professionals. The business received nonprofit status in 1947 and operates as a 501(c)3 under IRS rules. Most of the group's revenue derives from student activity fees, advertising sales, yearbook sales, tuition from a summer workshop for high schools in Kansas and other endeavors.