Leadership

President Lake Lambert

Portrait of President Dr. Lake Lambert and his wife Kelly Lambert.
President Lambert and his wife, Kelly

Lake Lambert, Ph.D., began his tenure as the 16th president of Hanover College July 1, 2015, the sixth in the past 100 years. He succeeds President Emerita Sue DeWine, Ph.D., who retired after eight years with the College.

Lambert's inaugural address entitled Education for "A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart."

Lambert's curriculum vitae

Lambert came to Hanover from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2010. The College of Liberal Arts is the largest of Mercer’s colleges and schools with 1,500 students, 143 faculty and staff, more than 40 academic programs and a budget exceeding $52 million.

During his tenure at Mercer, undergraduate enrollment grew by 15 percent. He also chaired a university task force on undergraduate retention and established a student-success grant program for academic departments. Additionally, he created a strategic planning committee and developed the first strategic plan for the College of Liberal Arts.

In academics, Lambert designed and implemented a new general education program and assessment system, developed four new interdisciplinary academic majors, implemented a new faculty evaluation system and created a new global and international studies department. He also expanded guaranteed admission programs, including physical therapy and law, established the McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles with $3 million in private gifts and launched the Center for Collaborative Journalism with $3.7 million in grant support.

In total fundraising, he worked jointly to secure more than $5.5 million in grants and gifts for the College of Liberal Arts. Lambert also upgraded seven academic buildings, focusing on classroom technology.

Prior to joining Mercer, Lambert served as a professor of religion and Board of Regents Chair in Ethics at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, from 1996 to 2010. During his last two years, he served as assistant dean of academic planning at Wartburg and directed the college’s strategic planning process.

Additionally, Lambert was the founding director of the Center for Community Engagement, a $2.5 million program funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., providing professional development, student vocational discovery, support and expansion of experiential learning, and mutually beneficial external relationships. He also taught courses in ethics and theology.

An active scholar, Lambert’s research has focused on workplace spirituality, professional ethics, and church-related higher education. He is the author of “Spirituality, Inc.: Religion in the American Workplace,” (NYU Press 2009) which surveys the role of spirituality in business from medieval guilds to industrial company towns, right up to current trends in the contemporary business environment. He has also authored several articles and essays in academic journals.

Photo of Dr. Lake Lambert's family including his wife Kelly Lambert and their two children.

During 1991 and 1992, he served as a historian for the National Park Service, researching and planning for the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, commemorating the 1965 civil rights march.

He earned his doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. He holds bachelor of arts (economics and history) and master of theological studies degrees from Emory University (Georgia).

His family includes his wife, Kelly, daughter, Bailey and son, Zack.

President's Cabinet Members

Trustees

Portrait of Mark A. Levett class of 1971 who is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • Mark A. Levett '71
  • Chair
    Vice President of Corporate (retired)
  • Responsibility; CEO Cummins Foundation
    Cummins Inc.
    Columbus, Ind.
Portrait of Elaine Kops-Bedel class of 1974 who is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • Elaine Kops-Bedel '74
  • Vice Chair
    CEO and President
    Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.
    Indianapolis, Ind.
Portrait of Kenneth L. Gladdish class of 1974 who is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
  • Kenneth L. Gladish '74
  • Secretary
    President & CEO/Philanthropic Advisor (retired)
    The Seton Foundation/Seton Family Hospitals
    Austin, Texas
Portrait of Lake Lambert who is the President of the College, and a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Lake Lambert
  • President of the College
Portrait of Treva Shelton who is the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
  • Treva Shelton
  • Assistant Secretary of the Board
    Assistant to the President

Portrait of James "Jamie" Anderson class of 1993 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • James "Jamie" Anderson '93
  • CFO & Executive Vice President
    MainSource Bank
    Greensburg, Ind.
Portrait of Beth Baylor who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Beth Baylor
  • Baylor Trucking
    Lawrenceburg, Ind.
Portrait of Jeffrey A. Blair class of 1970 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Jeffrey A. Blair '70
  • Chairman
    ICHOR Vascular, Inc.
    Leesburg, Ind.
Portrait of D. Wade Clapp M.D. class of 1977 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • D. Wade Clapp M.D. '77
  • Physician In Chief
    Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
    Indianapolis, Ind.
Portrait of Dima Elissa class of 1985 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Dima Elissa '85
  • President and CEO
    VisMed3D
    Chicago, Ill.
Portrait of Susanne Talmage Ellman class of 1965 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Susanne Talmage Ellman '65
  • Artist
    Co-owner of Ellman Properties
    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Portrait of Matt Forrester who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Matt Forrester
  • Regional Chairman
    German American Bank Corp.
    Madison, Ind.
Portrait of Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr. class of 1998 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr. '98
  • Principal and Founder
    BOTHO Limited
  • CEO, The African Leadership Network
  • Founder, Sino Africa Center of Excellence
    Nairobi, Kenya
Portrait of L. John Gable class of 1978 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • L. John Gable '78
  • Senior Pastor
    Tabernacle Presbyterian Church
    Indianapolis, Ind.
Portrait of Mark Gabriel class of 1970 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Mark Gabriel '70
  • Vice President Finance
    Mainstream Fiber Networks
    Nashville, Ind.
Portrait of James R. Gaunt class of 1967 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • James R. Gaunt '67
  • President & CEO (retired)
    Fifth Third Bank
    Cincinnati, OH and Hilton Head, S.C.
Portrait of Kristine Rector Gleason class of 1973 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Kristine Rector Gleason '73
  • Senior Scientific Director, Oncology Global Medical Affairs
    AbbVie
    North Chicago, Ill.

Portrait of Eric A. Haas class of 1978 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Eric A. Haas '78
  • Hofbrahaus Newport, Pittsburgh, Columbus
  • National Band & Tag Company
  • Newport, KY
Portrait of Patricia Stockton Hagenah class of 1966 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Patricia Stockton Hagenah '66
  • Board Member
  • Chicago Foundation for Education
  • Kenilworth, Ill.
Portrait of J. Joseph Hale Jr. class of 1971 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • J. Joseph Hale, Jr. '71
  • President (retired)
    Cinergy Foundation
    Naples, Fla.
Portrait of Ross K. Hubbard class of 1974 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Ross K. Hubbard '74
  • Freelance photographer
    Naples, Fla.

Portrait of Geoffrey R. Lorenz class of 1965 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Geoffrey R. Lorenz '65
  • Chairman of the Board
    The Lorenz Corporation
    Dayton, Ohio
Portrait of Veronica Witt Martin class of 1984 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Veronica Witt Martin '84
  • Vice President, Business Development
    Humana Behavioral Health
    Irving, Texas
Portrait of Gary Montgomery class of 1960 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Gary Montgomery '60
  • Vice President & CFO (retired)
    Amsted Industries
    Chicago, Ill.
Portrait of Mark Nichols class of 1974 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Mark Nichols '74
  • Attorney (retired)
    Campbell Law Firm PLLC
    Little Rock, AR
Portrait of James L. "Chip" Pease class of 1968 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • James L. "Chip" Pease '68
  • Chairman
    AAA Allied Group, Inc
    Cincinnati, Ohio
Portrait of Philippe "Phil" Salsbery class of 1985 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Philippe "Phil" Salsbery '85
  • Co-found & CFO
    316 Investments
    Indianapolis, Ind.
Portrait of Richard A. Shearer class of 1970 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Richard A. Shearer '70
  • Executive Vice President (retired)
    Bank of New York Mellon
    New York, N.Y.
Portrait of William Shrewberry Jr. who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • William Shrewsberry Jr.
  • President
    Shrewsberry and Associates, LLC
    Indianapolis, Ind.
Portrait of Stephen K. Smith class of 1964 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Stephen K. Smith '64
  • Dell Computers (retired)
    Austin, Texas
Portrait of James B. Sturges class of 1954 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • James B. Sturges '54
  • Chairman (retired)
    The Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana
    Greensburg, Ind.
Portrait of John C. Trimble class of 1977 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • John C. Trimble '77
  • Attorney
    Lewis Wagner, LLP
    Indianapolis, Ind.
Portrait of Jamie Turner Wehmeyer class of 1984 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Jamie Turner Wehmeyer '84
  • Fishers, Ind.
Portrait of Chris Welker class of 1997 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Chris Welker '97
  • Treasury Operations Director
    Koch Industries
    Beachwood, OH
Portrait of Sue Seifert Williams class of 1965 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Sue Seifert Williams '65
  • President WJDR Enterprises, Inc.
    Avid Volunteer
    Clearwater Beach, FL
Portrait of Mark Williams class of 1976 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Mark Williams '76
  • Vice President General Counsel (retired)
    Michelin North America, Inc.
    Greenville, S.C.
Portrait of Gregory C. Willman class of 1985 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Gregory C. Willman '85
  • Co-founder and CEO
    316 Investments LLC
    Indianapolis, Ind.
Portrait of Michael B. Zeddies class of 1977 who is a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Michael B. Zeddies '77
  • President and Owner
    Midland Marketing Inc.
    Chicago, Ill.

Emeritus

William G. Enright
Richard L. Hall '67
Emerson B. Houck
L. Robert Lowe, Jr.
Marjorie T. Meyer
Richard E. Neal '50
Suellen Kinder Reed '67
Evie H. Rhodehamel
Sallie W. Rowland
Michael F. Ryan
Henry C. Ryder
Phillip D. Scott '64
John C. Shoemaker '64
Samuel H. Washburn '56
William A. Welsheimer Sr. '51