Lambert Engaged Leader Award

Launched in 2012 at NC Campus Compact’s 10th Anniversary event, the Lambert Engaged Leader Award recognizes a presidential leader who is building a campus that engages in reciprocal partnerships to impact a community’s greatest challenges. The award winner is nominated and selected by the Compact’s Executive Board, and the award is presented at the PACE Conference or Presidents Forum

The 2020 recipient will be announced at the Presidents Forum, February 12, 2020 at Elon University.

 Lambert & 2019 recipient, Hope Williams, NCICU

Past Lambert Award Recipients 

2019 – President Hope Williams, North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU)

2018 – President Carol Quillen, Davidson College

2017 – President William Ingram, Durham Technical Community College

2016 – Chancellor Steve Ballard, East Carolina University

2015 – President Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest University

2014 – Chancellor Philip L. Dubois, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2013 – Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

2012 – Chancellor Linda Brady, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


A president or chancellor at an active North Carolina Campus Compact member institution may be nominated by a peer president within the Compact network.  Current members of the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

The Carnegie Foundation defines Community Engagement as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.  The Engaged Leadership Award recognizes a North Carolina Campus Compact president or chancellor that has fostered creation and/or deepening of community engagement.  Specifically, the president or chancellor:

  • Pursues an institutional mission that demonstrates commitment to the public purposes of higher education.
  • Invests in internal and external processes and resources that enable community-building.
  • Encourages broad participation in setting goals for community-campus partnerships.
  • Understands the real needs of the community, state or region, seeking ways for the campus to be quickly responsive in meeting those needs.
  • Has demonstrated the character of leadership, entrepreneurship, risk-taking or bold, forward thinking in the support of community engagement.
  • Has established ways to measure progress and success of the institution in making a difference in various communities.
  • Is personally engaged, modeling a life of community engagement.

For more information about Indicators of the Engaged Campus, visit this link at the national Campus Compact website.

Nomination Submission Requirements

The Call for Nominations will be announced in November of each year.

Step One:  A president or chancellor member of NC Campus Compact submits a letter (not to exceed three pages) that describes how the candidate fits the characteristics of the engaged leader.

Step Two:  A staff person at the campus of each nominee is contacted to provide:

1. A résumé or curriculum vitae of the nominee (not to exceed two pages).
2. A letter of support endorsing the candidate’s community engagement efforts (not to exceed two pages):
a. From a community member – could be a member of the Board of Trustees
b. From a staff or faculty person

Step Three:  The North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board selects the awardee.

For questions regarding the award, please contact Leslie Garvin.