The Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Impact Award will be granted each year by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning to an individual who creates valuable, high-quality professional opportunities for our students and shows exceptional dedication to student development.

Chuck Lewis accepting the Houston Impact Award
Chuck Lewis ’64, H’03, P’93 accepting the inaugural Charles Hamilton Houston Impact Award (October 2019).

It is with gratitude that we honor Charles Ashby Lewis ’64, H’03, P’93 as the inaugural recipient of this award. 

Charles Ashby Lewis ’64, H’03, P’93 is a life trustee of Amherst College, a member of the President’s Campaign Board, and a member of the Loeb Center Advisory Council. He served as chairman of a previous Amherst campaign, for which he received a Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In addition to Chuck’s longtime work with Amherst, he and his wife Penny Bender Sebring P’93 have served in multiple capacities at Grinnell College and the University of Chicago.

Chuck’s knowledge and galvanizing leadership have transformed career services at Amherst, beginning with the modernized “career community” advising model established at the Loeb Center in 2013 with seed funding from Chuck and Penny. This organizational revision has made the Loeb Center a leader in its field and serves a diverse student body across myriad areas of professional interest.

Knowing that advising alone does not drive post-graduation success for Amherst students, Chuck has also envisioned a robust infrastructure for internships at the College. In the fall of 2019 the Loeb Center launched the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program, thanks to another major gift from Chuck and Penny as well as support from additional donors and institutional resources.

The Houston Program offers a portfolio of meaningful, paid summer internship opportunities and comprehensive student support throughout the internship cycle, including preparatory advising, professional skill development and assistance throughout summer experiences.

Biddy Martin and Chuck Lewis at the Houston Impact Award ceremony
Biddy Martin and Chuck Lewis ’64, H’03, P’93 at the Celebration of Amherst Volunteer and Donor Leadership ceremony (October 2019).

Chuck Lewis ’64, H’03, P’93

Charles Ashby Lewis ’64, H’03, P’93 was a political science major and played football, lacrosse, and basketball while at Amherst. He is a life Trustee of the College, the Chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, and Managing General Partner of Coach House Capital. He retired from Merrill Lynch as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking after 34 years with the firm. Chuck Lewis, along with his wife Penny Bender Sebring P’93, has long directed philanthropy and thought leadership in the realm of educational equity. Their work supports many initiatives addressing urban education in Chicago, and spans several institutions of higher education, including Amherst, Grinnell College, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University.