Elon’s eighth president, Lambert has advanced an ambitious agenda to establish Elon as a top-ranked liberal arts university and a national leader in engaged teaching and learning since his arrival in 1999. The academic climate of the campus has been strengthened through special initiatives to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and earn top accreditations for Elon’s professional schools, including AACSB International for the Love School of Business, ACEJMC for the School of Communications and ABA for the School of Law. He led creation of the current strategic plan, the Elon Commitment, which will guide the university’s development through 2020. Lambert also provided leadership for the successful completion of Ever Elon in December 2011, a $107 million campaign that set new records for fundraising at the university. Elon's campus has grown tremendously during Lambert's presidency, adding more than 100 buildings with nearly 1.5 million square feet of space. New athletics facilities have included Rhodes Stadium, Alumni Field House, Belk Track and White Field, Hunt Field for soccer, Worsley Golf Training Center and Hunt Softball Park.
Lambert has a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Geneseo, a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Prior to coming to Elon, he was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.
Now in his seventh year as director of athletics, Blank has led ambitious expansions in the department, including a restructuring of the Phoenix Club with emphasis on funding scholarships for student-athletes, a restructuring of the academic assistance program for athletics in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, and a plan for future facility improvements. He currently serves on the NCAA Leadership Council. From 2008-11, Blank served on the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet. He has also served as a member of the NCAA I-AA Governance and Football Issues Committee. Blank became the Elon Director of Athletics in 2006 after spending six years as the director of athletics at Drake University. Prior to 2000, Blank worked at Coastal Carolina University where he served as assistant/associate director of athletics (1996-99) and director of athletics. Before moving into athletics administration, Blank spent eight seasons (1988-1996) as head men’s basketball coach at Lock Haven University. A native of Frostburg, Md., Blank attended Duke University for two years (1978-80) before graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance). He earned a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from South Carolina in 1986.
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