INNOVATION: Inside and Out – Podcast Episode 7: Chancellor Lee Lambert, PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE – OOROO Auto
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September 19, 2022

Inside and Out
Podcast Episode 7
Chancellor Lee Lambert, PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Our seventh episode of “INNOVATION: Inside and Out,” is now available for listening!

Jeff Artzi hosts another informative and thought-provoking episode for Innovation Inside and Out. His special guest is Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College. How did Pima Community College win its latest reward and acknowledgement as the fifth top employer in all of Arizona?

Here’s a bit more about our guest:

Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 2013. 

Lee believes community colleges such as Pima are uniquely positioned to address systemic educational and economic inequity. 

Graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.  

“I appreciate the lifelong value that a Liberal Arts education provides for thousands of our students.“

Received a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law. U.S. Army veteran. 

Born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents. Lee Lambert is a visionary leader who has served as a senior-level executive for over 20 years at three community college districts, including his current position as Chancellor and CEO of Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. He is currently leading the Pima District’s transformation into Centers of Excellence in applied technology, health care, hospitality, information technology and cybersecurity, public safety, and the arts.  

After serving as President of Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington, outside Seattle, Chancellor Lambert was selected as CEO to help lead Pima Community College out of an academic probation sanction imposed by the Higher Learning Commission. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and community and business leaders, he not only helped return Pima to good standing, but Pima was named a top 150 Community College by the Aspen Institute, earned a prestigious Bellwether Award for Developmental Education programs and was named the 5th Best Employer To Work For in Arizona. 

Throughout his career, Chancellor Lambert has been an innovator, connecting industry and community colleges to revitalize communities through educational opportunity in an age marked by rapid technological and demographic change. 

Chancellor Lambert was born in Seoul, South Korea. His late father, who was of mixed African American heritage, and his mother, who is South Korean, and his family were frequent targets of racism and discrimination in South Korea and the U.S. That experience drove Chancellor Lambert to champion equality and opportunity for all and his passion for leading community colleges. 

Chancellor Lambert grew up on three continents. He received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law. 

He is a U.S. Army Veteran and likes people to call him Lee. “As CEO, it’s my responsibility to identify future challenges and opportunities and create a culture of innovation to successfully address them. It’s also my responsibility to see that the College fulfills its mission: to empower every learner, every day, for every goal.”

AND if you want to hear more about Tucson’s best businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits, how they started, and how they’ve created unique cultures, continue tuning in to “INNOVATION: Inside and Out” on Spotify, Apple music or the podcast channel of your choice.

Thank you to Mark Bishop, founder of Mark Bishop Media, for helping to share our story at OOROO Auto….AND for producing our new podcast!