Archive for Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Lambert elected to board

December 26, 2001

Baker University President Daniel M. Lambert has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Lambert, who has served as the Baker's president since 1987, will begin his three-year term in February.

With nearly 1,000 member schools, NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation. NAICU has spearheaded several major public initiatives, such as the Student Aid Alliance, an ambitious effort to enhance funding for existing student aid programs and the nonpartisan National Campus Voter Registration Project.

Baker serves 2,900 students at its three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences at the main campus in Baldwin City, School of Nursing in Topeka, and School of Professional and Graduate Studies, based in Overland Park. U.S. News and World Report named Baker a top school in the Midwest this year, as it has the past three years. The university has also been recognized for its quality and value by Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Time magazine

Stuart Dorsey, vice president and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said election to the board is a strong indication of Lambert's leadership skills.

"Selection to the NAICU board is a tremendous honor because other college presidents do the voting," Dorsey said. "They recognize how much he has done for Baker and how the facilities and quality of education have improved and continue to improve."

Lambert has served on the boards of the Kansas City Board of Trade, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Ferrell Companies, Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo., Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, and the Douglas County Community Foundation. He has chaired the boards of Kansas Independent College Association and serves as a trustee for Midwest Research Institute and KCPT-TV, public television in Kansas City. In 1999, Ingram's magazine selected Lambert as one of Kansas City's "Power Elite," which listed the area's outstanding and influential leaders.

A graduate of William Jewell College, Lambert earned a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University and the Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia. In addition, he has attended Harvard Divinity School, Claremont Graduate School, and law school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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