Colorado State University has appointed a longtime entrepreneur and faculty member as the new associate provost of Continuing Education.
Huntington Lambert, most recently associate vice president of Colorado State’s Office of Economic Development, has been appointed associate provost of Continuing Education at Colorado State, effective immediately. The Division of Continuing Education is the lead CSU unit expanding the university’s capacity to engage in offering on-line degrees, creating opportunities for life-long learning and connecting the university to the rapid changes in distance education.
"Hunt’s strong relationship with the statewide business community, eight years of experience teaching in CSU’s Distance MBA program, dedicated work as a member of the CSU-Global Campus start-up team, and broad knowledge of the market for continuing-education services make him well qualified to take on the leadership of this important operation," said Lou Swanson, vice provost for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships.
With the change, oversight of economic and workforce development activities will be directly overseen by Swanson and a new director focused solely on economic development activities and partnerships.
"The Office of Economic Development was created to help communities and entities throughout the state realize new opportunities for economic growth and sustainability," Swanson said. "Hunt has done an excellent job in getting this effort off the ground, establishing critical partnerships with the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation and building a foundation for better promoting start-up company success at CSU. The university’s commitment to economic development is now fully recognized as an important part of our service mission and embraced through our work in Extension, Continuing Education, CSU Ventures and many other areas."
"Given the economic times, I believe the announcement of Hunt Lambert as associate provost for CSU Continuing Education is a very positive move for the region," said Maury Dobbie, president and CEO of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. "NCEDC has worked closely with Mr. Lambert for many years and have always been impressed with his vision and forward-thinking. The workforce of today needs effective 21st-century strategies, and I am confident he will bring the department to a new level. We agree that our region is urgently needing everyone to work together to find solutions in educating and training our workforce, thereby getting people back to work quickly."
During his businesses career, Lambert was been part of 25 startups in 12 countries. He teaches strategy and business plan development in the MBA program at Colorado State and was the Beta Gamma Sigma professor of the year in 2004. He continues to be involved in CSU’s Superclusters, CSU-Ventures, teaching, many boards and several new CSU technology-based companies. He has helped with 15 startups since he joined the university seven years ago including Solix Biofuels, EnviroFit, AVA Solar, Keen Foods and AML.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead this very successful unit," Lambert said. "I believe that a community’s economic and social values cannot grow faster than the value of its workforce. Continuing education is a critical component in delivering required lifelong learning to the people of Colorado and beyond. My goal is to help the unit grow to fully satisfy the needs of lifelong learners and the colleges that supply our programs."
Lambert earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 1980 and his Masters of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, in 1984.