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Lamb Tapped to Assist with UCM’s Presidential Transition

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 17, 2010) – Gordon H. Lamb, a Columbia resident who has served as a university president in Illinois and filled interim leadership posts for the University of Missouri System and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will assist the University of Central Missouri through its presidential transition.

Dr. Gordon Lamb
Dr. Gordon Lamb

The UCM Board of Governors today announced that Lamb has agreed to serve for one month as interim president, beginning July 1, and will continue to serve as needed in a temporary advisory capacity to new president, Chuck Ambrose, after he begins his duties Aug. 1. Lamb’s interim appointment will assist UCM in making a smooth administrative transition during the period that follows after Aaron Podolefsky officially leaves his post. Ambrose was named UCM’s 15th president May 3 after serving the past 12 years as president of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.

During the transition period, the interim president will bring to UCM a wealth of higher education leadership experience. Lamb is president emeritus of Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, where he served for nine years beginning in 1986. From April 2008 to March 2009, he was executive vice president for the University of Missouri System, and was the system’s interim president from April 2007 to February 2008.  He also served as interim chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City from February 1999 to March 2000.

Lamb began his education career teaching in Iowa public schools, followed by teaching experiences as an assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and the University of Texas at Austin. He also served as a professor of music and director of the Division of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and spent seven years as that institution’s vice president for academic affairs. He currently works in higher education consulting.

Lamb’s higher education background includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa.; Master of Music degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and doctorate from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.