Launched in 2012, in honor of NC Campus Compact's 10th Anniversary, the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award recognizes a presidential leader who is building a campus that engages in reciprocal partnerships to impact a community’s greatest challenges. The award winner is nominated and selcted by the Compact's Executive Board, and the award is presented annually during the PACE Conference. Learn more about Dr. Lambert here.
2016 Lambert Award
Chancellor Steve Ballard, East Carolina University
A president or chancellor at an active North Carolina Campus Compact member institution may be nominated by a peer president within the Compact network. Current members of the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board are not eligible.
The Carnegie Foundation defines Community Engagement as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The Engaged Leadership Award recognizes a North Carolina Campus Compact president or chancellor that has fostered creation and/or deepening of community engagement. Specifically, the president or chancellor:
Pursues an institutional mission that demonstrates commitment to the public purposes of higher education.
Invests in internal and external processes and resources that enable community-building.
Encourages broad participation in setting goals for community-campus partnerships.
Understands the real needs of the community, state or region, seeking ways for the campus to be quickly responsive in meeting those needs.
Has demonstrated the character of leadership, entrepreneurship, risk-taking or bold, forward thinking in the support of community engagement.
Has established ways to measure progress and success of the institution in making a difference in various communities.
Is personally engaged, modeling a life of community engagement.
For more information about Indicators of the Engaged Campus, visit this link at the national Campus Compact website.
Nomination Submission Requirements
The Call for Nominations will be announced in November of each year.
Step One: A president or chancellor member of NC Campus Compact submits a letter (not to exceed three pages) that describes how the candidate fits the characteristics of the engaged leader.
Step Two: A staff person at the campus of each nominee is contacted to provide:
1. A résumé or curriculum vitae of the nominee (not to exceed two pages).
2. Two letters of support endorsing the candidate’s community engagement efforts (not to exceed two pages):
a. From a community member – could be a member of the Board of Trustees
b. From a staff or faculty person
Step Three: The North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board selects the awardee.