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Biography - Lee Lambert

Lee D. Lambert has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 1, 2013.

Chancellor Lambert is a strong believer in the transformative power of education and the central role community colleges must play in our highly competitive 21st century economy. He sees community colleges as centers of opportunity for students of all ages and backgrounds, and knows they can be a critical stepping stone to a better quality of life for our families, friends and neighbors.

Chancellor Lambert’s vision for PCC is shaped by his commitment to set of fundamental principles: open access, community engagement, prudent fiscal stewardship and consistent measures of accountability. He believes that by embracing diversity, creating a student-centered learning environment and aligning resources to the needs of the community, PCC can become one of the premier community colleges in the United States.

Chancellor Lambert’s involvement in national and state organizations means PCC is in a position to influence important educational and workforce policy discussions. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and in 2013-14 he served on AACC’s Executive Committee. He is a former chair of AACC’s Committee on Program Initiatives and Workforce Training.

He has served as board chair of the National Coalition of Certification Centers and, in July 2014, received the group’s Founders Award for Vision and Leadership.

In April 2014, Chancellor Lambert was named to the Executive Committee of the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership. He also is a founding member of the Manufacturing Institute Education Council, and a member of the Founders Circle and Board of Directors of Tucson Regional Economic Development (TREO).

Before coming to PCC, Chancellor Lambert was President of Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash., outside Seattle, serving from June 2006-June 2013. He also served as Interim President, and was Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Shoreline from January 2005-June 2006.

He also has served as Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Centralia College in Centralia, Wash., and as Special Assistant to the President for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Chancellor Lambert received a Juris Doctor degree from the Seattle University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. 

A U.S. Army veteran, Chancellor Lambert was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents, and graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash. area.

He often is asked to speak at national and international conferences. He recently spoke at the International Conference on Community Colleges and at AACC’s 20th Annual Workforce Development Institute, where he presented on “The Keys to Collaboration: K-12 and Workforce Relationships.”

A frequent visitor to Asia, Chancellor Lambert has been asked by the governments of China and India to speak to educators in those countries about the critical role community colleges can play in educating and training the workforce of the 21st century.

Chancellor Lambert received the Pacific Region 2009 Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. He contributes to and serves on the editorial board of The Source online magazine. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and has taught courses on Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Employment Law at The Evergreen State College.

He likes for people to call him Lee.

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