Dr. Leo M. Lambert

Leo M. Lambert has been widely recognized as a leader in facilitating deep, sustainable campus-community partnerships. Since becoming Elon’s eighth president in 1999, Lambert has advanced an ambitious agenda to establish Elon as a national leader in engaged teaching and learning, has contributed to the creation of a statewide Compact of engaged leaders and has received national recognition for innovative community-campus engagement. According to Campus Compact President Maureen Curley, Lambert’s leadership will “help us realize the full potential of campuscommunity engagement in the future.”

Lambert was instrumental in creating NC Campus Compact, serving as founding board chair, and hosts the Compact on Elon’s campus. He continues to serve as a board member and has served on the board of the national Campus Compact. Lambert is chair of the president’s council of Project Pericles, a national organization that encourages college students to be civically engaged, and served as a panelist at the White House launch of President Barack Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

President Lambert has worked to ensure that underrepresented students have the opportunity to go to
and succeed in college. His vision for the Elon Academy  has provided a national model of a college access program for academically promising high school students with financial need and/or no family history of college. Under his leadership, Elon also created the nationally recognized Watson and Odyssey programs, providing crucial scholarships and academic support for students with high financial need, including first generation college students from North Carolina.

Lambert fosters an environment in which students become global citizens committed to lifelong service and strengthening their communities. Elon has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for five consecutive years, and was among the first institutions to earn the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classification as a university committed to community engagement. Elon received the 2007 Simon Award for campus internationalization and is recognized as the nation’s top master’s level university in study abroad by the Institute of International Education.

In 2009, he received the inaugural William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education from the National Society for Experiential Education. In 2010, he received the Periclean Service Award from Project Pericles. As a prominent figure in North Carolina, Lambert has been named one of the “most influential leaders” for five consecutive years by the Triad Business Journal. He received the Thomas Z. Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Greensboro Chamber of
Commerce, and was named a “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association Greater Greensboro Area Father’s Day Council.