New DCE dean appointed, will build on efforts to extend online pedagogy

January 25, 2013

It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Huntington D. Lambert as the next dean of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE), which formally begins on April 29, 2013.

DCE serves a number of equally important roles at the FAS and for the University. First and foremost, it is an important educational resource for thousands of learners each year. As an open gate into Harvard’s pedagogical excellence, DCE enables nontraditional and traditional students to earn degrees and take classes, many of which are taught by Harvard faculty. At the same time, DCE has long been on the front lines of Harvard’s efforts to harness the power of technology to educate learners across the nation and around the globe, while also using technology to improve pedagogy in the classroom. Finally, DCE is a net generator of revenue for the FAS.

Lambert’s skill set will enable DCE to move forward in all three areas. Under his guidance, DCE will remain committed to our primary mission of teaching and learning, particularly with regard to the thousands of students who benefit from the educational resources on campus. He will build on DCE’s efforts to extend that pedagogy online, partnering with HarvardX to grow the University’s digital footprint. Finally, by moving forward in both areas, DCE will continue to contribute to the teaching and research that occurs throughout the FAS.

Lambert has been described as a visionary. He is a bold innovator who possesses the rare combination of a strategic business sensibility and a true commitment to our academic mission. At this exciting moment, when technology and education are combining in new and important ways here at Harvard, Lambert’s experience and track record of success are particularly welcome.

Lambert comes to Harvard from Colorado State University (CSU) where he leads the Division of Continuing Education, serving over 10,000 students annually. Under his leadership, the CSU DCE has built strong partnerships with the faculty and university leadership, rapidly grown its programs, increased its number of students and improved program quality.

Prior to this role, Lambert was the founder and interim CEO of the Colorado State University Global Campus, a 100% online public university within the CSU System. As one of four founding team members, Lambert developed the strategy, business plan and operations plan for this new venture and was involved in all aspects of planning, strategy, board approvals, startup, legal authority approval, and independent accreditation. The CSU Global Campus now serves over 6,000 students. Lambert also founded the CSU Entrepreneurship Center, the CSU Office of Economic Development and was involved in the startup of 15 companies from the CSU research labs including Envirofit.org and Solix Biofuels.

Prior to joining CSU, Lambert held a number of leadership positions in market-based management, including executive director of Strategy for US WEST International in their London office, executive director of Market Strategy Development at US West Strategic Marketing and as president of the consulting division of The Knowledge Webb. Lambert received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 1980 and a master’s of science in management degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1984.

I am deeply grateful to the members of the search advisory committee who have worked tirelessly for nearly two years to bring this search to such a positive conclusion. The FAS Academic Planning Group and the president and provost have also been important participants in this effort and I thank them for their support.

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the singular legacy of Dean Michael Shinagel. His nearly 40 years as dean of the Division of Continuing Education have created the strong foundation upon which we build our vision for the future of this exciting and important part of the FAS.

I am delighted to welcome Dean Hunt Lambert to the FAS!

Sincerely yours,

Michael D. Smith