Hanover College has named Lake Lambert its 16th president. He most recently served as liberal arts dean at Mercer University in Georgia and will succeed Sue DeWine in July. February 8, 2015

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Board of Trustees has elected Lake Lambert III, Ph.D., to be the 16th president of Hanover College. Lambert, who currently serves as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., will succeed Sue DeWine, Ph.D., July 1, 2015.

Mark A. Levett ’71, chair of the Board, made the announcement, following a special meeting of the trustees. Lambert had the opportunity to meet with the campus community during a ceremony introducing the new president held in the Withrow Student Activities Center.

“Dr. Lambert is the ideal choice to be Hanover’s 16th president,” said Levett. “He is a creative and visionary leader, a collaborative manager, has extensive academic achievement, a commitment to liberal arts, and the ability to connect with students, faculty, alumni and community.”

Lambert has served at Mercer since 2010. The College of Liberal Arts is the largest of Mercer’s colleges and schools with 1,500 students, 143 faculty and staff, more than 40 academic programs and a budget exceeding $52 million.

“Even before I entered the presidential search process, I knew that Hanover was a special place: a strong liberal arts curriculum, unique opportunities like the Business Scholars program, broad participation in athletics, and a tightly knit residential campus form a powerful learning community that makes a holistic impact on students,” said Lambert. “I look forward to working alongside Hanover’s trustees, faculty and staff to build on this tremendous legacy.”

During his tenure at Mercer, undergraduate enrollment grew by 15 percent. Lambert created a strategic planning committee and developed the first strategic plan for the College of Liberal Arts. Additionally, he designed and implemented a new general education program and assessment system, developed four new interdisciplinary academic majors, implemented a new faculty evaluation system and created a new global and international studies department.

Prior to joining Mercer, Lambert served as a professor of religion and Board of Regents Chair in Ethics at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, from 1996 to 2010. He was the founding director of Wartburg’s Center for Community Engagement that provides professional development, student vocational discovery, support and expansion of experiential learning, and mutually beneficial external relationships. He also taught courses in ethics and theology.

In addition to authoring several articles and essays in academic journals, Lambert is the author of the book, “Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace,” (NYU Press 2009), which surveys the role of spirituality in business.

He earned his doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997, and received bachelor of arts (economics and history) and master of theological studies degrees from Emory University (Georgia).

His family includes his wife Kelly, daughter Bailey and son Zack.

Located on 650 acres overlooking the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana, Hanover is a premier, nationally ranked liberal arts institution that has core strengths in the sciences, education and business. Founded in 1827, Hanover is the oldest private, four-year college in Indiana.

Source: Hanover College

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