Lee Lambert ’92 one of country’s top community college presidents

Lee LambertLee Lambert, a 1992 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and president of Shoreline Community College, has been named one of the top five community college leaders in the country.

The Association of Community College Trustees selected him as recipient of the 2009 Pacific Regional Chief Executive Officer Award for his regional, national and international efforts.

Lambert, who has led Shoreline Community College as president since 2006, has garnered national and international attention for his work on behalf of community colleges. In April, Lambert testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about the education and training that colleges provide for the emerging green-jobs market. Additionally, he is a founding partner of the Seattle Climate Partnership. Last year, Lambert was selected as a member of the first national Education Council to focus on expanding and enhancing America's manufacturing workforce. In 2006, Lambert was a member of Gov. Chris Gregoire's Korea/Taiwan Trade Mission. He also has been named one of the top five contributors to the Asian communities of Puget Sound.

At Shoreline, Lambert fostered programs such as the Clean Energy Technology Program, which resulted in Shoreline producing the first certified green-jobs graduates in the state and the General Service Technician Program, which earned a Governor's Award in Best Practice. 

"Lee Lambert is the kind of chief executive officer dreamed of by every community college trustee," Board of Trustees Chair Shoubee Liaw said in Lambert's nomination.  "He is a leader with a vision and he has been able to translate his vision and passion into effective leadership on behalf of the Board of Trustees, for Shoreline Community College and for the state community college system."

Lambert will travel with Liaw and her fellow trustee, Jerry Smith, to accept the award at the ACCT Annual Community College Leadership Congress in San Francisco in October.  As a regional award winner, Lambert will be eligible for the prestigious Marie Y. Martin CEO Award, representing the top community college administrator in the U.S., which will also be announced at the event.

Lambert is a proud graduate of the law school's Academic Resource Center.