Lambert to take over in July
as new Hanover College President
He will succeed DeWine as college's 16th president
HANOVER, Ind. (April 2015) – Considered one of the 10 most beautiful campuses in the country, Hanover College has seen a lot of changes since its beginning in 1827. Some of these changes have occurred with the addition of a new leader. Each past president has no doubt left their mark on the historic college’s history.
Dr. Lake Lambert, III
Current President Sue DeWine’s presence on campus saw enrollment increase by 40 percent and student diversity grow from four to 15 percent. She was also a major component in the creation of the Live Our Loyalty Campaign which was created to “enhance students’ experience” by improving the quality and amount of student social activities, supporting performance based scholarships, and increasing opportunities to study abroad.
Following DeWine’s announcement that she would retire in June of this year, the college began its presidential search. After an election by the Board of Trustees it was determined that Dr. Lake Lambert, III of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., would be a perfect fit for tradition rich Hanover College.
Lambert says that he shares Hanover’s values and is looking forward to entering the thriving interactive community.
“Dr. Lambert is the ideal choice to be Hanover’s 16th president,” says Mark A. Levett, chair of the Board. “His collective skill-set represents the complete package that we were looking for in our next president: a creative and visionary leader, a collaborative manager, extensive academic achievement, commitment to liberal arts and the ability to connect with students, faculty, alumni and community.”
Lambert holds a bachelor of arts in economics and history as well as a master of theological studies from Emory University in Atlanta. In 1997 he earned his doctorate at Princeton Theological Semi-nary in New Jersey. He also published a book in 2009 titled, “Spirituality Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace” as well as many articles and book reviews in various journals and publications.
Lambert says his first order of business at Hanover College will be to get to know the students, faculty, staff and alumni and allow them to get to know him. He said a good leader “does not come with a fully formed vision nor should a leader be handed someone else’s vision.”
During Lambert’s time at Mercer, he was able to implement four new interdisciplinary majors, including graphic design, law and public policy, neuroscience and chemical commerce. He said one of his main jobs at Mercer was to create a climate that supports innovation. Since there are several new program areas already being considered by the faculty of Hanover, it has already been determined that the college has room to grow. Lambert says he is looking forward to the possibilities in the sciences as Hanover has recently obtained an “outstanding new science facility.”
Lambert is also a former historian for the National Park Service and has expressed a great interest in the area’s historical value. He communicated particular interest in the history of the abolitionist movement, including the Underground Railroad. “I hope to visit some of the Indiana sites as well as the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati,” he says. Lambert is also interested in learning more about the history and culture of the Ohio River, saying it is a defining feature of the region with its many behaviors and functions.
Student Senate President Megan Robinson said that the students want a president who is willing to participate in the experience of college with them. She added that it is her belief that Lambert will exceed the student’s expectations by being a “visible, inviting, and charismatic presence on campus” and will serve as evidence that the Board listened to their wishes.
Lambert acknowledged that a strong community is an important part of the Hanover College principles and says it is important to him as well. “Getting to know Hanover students, working alongside the staff and faculty, cheering for our teams, and meeting alumni and friends will be an important part of my joining the community."
Lambert will begin his new position in July. He will be accompanied by his wife, Kelly, and his children, Bailey and Zack.
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