Huntington D. Lambert

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Hunt Lambert
Huntington D. "Hunt" Lambert
OccupationDean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard University
Academic background
Alma materColorado College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Academic work
InstitutionsHarvard University, Colorado State University
WebsiteMeet the Dean

Huntington D. "Hunt" Lambert is the dean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard University. He is the sixth person to hold the position, having been appointed in 2013. He was described by Michael D. Smith as "a visionary."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lambert was "massively dyslexic" and couldn't read at 10 years old, although he could break down and reassemble a car.[2] He grew up in Dover, Massachusetts, and his mother, Joan, graduated from the Extension School.[3] Lambert said he resented his mother as a child for leaving at night to attend classes, but later understood the scope of her accomplishment.[4] Joan only attended the graduation ceremony, however, after her son became the dean.[3][4]

He has a bachelor's degree from Colorado College and a master’s of science in management degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.[5] He met his wife, Kelly, while an undergraduate.[2]

Professional life[edit]

Before becoming an academic, Lambert worked in the telecommunications industry. It was there that "he experienced the impact that technology and interconnectivity was having on people and the world around them."[1]

Lambert also led the Division of Continuing Education at Colorado State University where he created the Colorado State University Global Campus, an all-online public university.[3][5][1] As part of the creation, Lambert developed the strategy, business plan, and operations plan for the Global Campus, and was involved in every aspect of the planning, strategy, board approvals, startup, legal approvals, and independent accreditation.[1] Also at Colorado State, Lambert founded the Center for Entrepreneurship and its Community and Economic Development Office. While there, he was involved with the spin out of 15 companies from the university research labs, including and Solix Biofuels.[1] He taught, both in person and online, in CSU's M.B.A. program.[1][3]

His goal as dean is "to ensure that high-quality education is available at a fair price to the 20 million Americans who need better education to participate in a knowledge economy."[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Manning, Colin (May 30, 2013). "A distance-learning pioneer". Harvard Gazette.
  2. ^ a b c "Harvard Portrait". Harvard Magazine. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Magazine, Inc. March–April 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Mineo, Liz (April 6, 2016). "From 'what we do' to 'whom we serve'". The Harvard Gazette. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Harvard Graduation, in the Lambert Clan". Harvard Magazine. June 6, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Huntington D. Lambert named Harvard's Continuing Education Dean". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Michael Shinagel
Dean of the Harvard Extension School
2013 - present
Succeeded by
N/A (incumbent)