chancellor, pima community college

Lee D. Lambert has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 1, 2013.

Education leadership

  • Association of Community College Trustees CEO of the Year, 2017
  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), former member of Board of Directors
  • Recognized by the AACC Board of Directors for Executive Board Service, March 2015
  • AACC Executive Committee member, 2013-14
  • AACC Committee on Program Initiatives and Workforce Training, former chair
  • Arizona Community College Coordinating Council (AC4), member
  • American Council on Education (ACE), member
  • League of Innovation, member
  • National Laboratory Education Transformation (NLET), board of advisors, senior advisor
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, honorary board member
  • University of Arizona STEM Learning Center, board of advisors
  • Viridis Learning Advisory Council, member
  • Association of Community College Trustees, Pacific Region CEO of the Year, 2009

Economic development

  • Pima Association of Governments, Thomas L. Swanson Leadership Award, March 2019
  • Board member, National Association of Workforce Boards, 2018
  • Advocate of the Year (with others), Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2017
  • Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Leader Award, August 2017
  • Arizona@Work (formerly Pima County One-Stop), board member
  • Arizona Manufacturing Partnership, Executive Committee, April 2014
  • Manufacturing Institute Education Council, founding member
  • National Association of Manufacturers, member
  • National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), former board chair
  • NC3 Founders Award for Vision and Leadership, July 2014
  • Southwest Transportation Workforce Center, steering committee member
  • Sun Corridor Inc., formerly Tucson Regional Economic Development (TREO), Founders Circle and Board of Directors
  • Workforce Investment Board member
  • WIB  Service Award, December 2014

Community leadership

  • Cradle to Career (C2C) Leadership Council, member
  • Pima Association of Governments (PAG), board member
  • Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), member
  • Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center, president’s advisory cabinet
  • United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, board of directors
  • University of Arizona Presidential Search Committee, member
  • Development/Advancement
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, member
  • PCC Foundation, board member


  • League of United Latin American Citizens(LULAC) National Convention Humanitarian Award, 2018
  • La Estrella Award from Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for exceptional service to the Hispanic community in the border region of Southern Arizona or Northern Mexico, 2017
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), member
  • National Asian Pacific Islanders Council (NAPIC) president, April 2019
  • NAPIC Leadership Recognition, April 2019
  • National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC), member
  • Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, national leadership award “in recognition of your leadership in the field of higher education and your contributions to the API community,” April 2015
  • LULAC Council 1057 annual Educators Awards & Scholarship Banquet recognition, April 2015; LULAC/FBI Community Service Gold Award, September 2014 and September 2016
  • Pan Asian Community Alliance in Tucson, Man of the Year, February 2015
  • Victoria Foundation, Edith Auslander Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education recognition, September 2016
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Bar Association of Washington, former member
  • Washington State Chinese Chamber of Commerce, board member
  • Washington Governor’s Affirmative Action Policy Committee, former member
  • Northwest Asian Weekly Diversity at the Top, 2007

Global Education

  • At the invitations of the governments of China and India, speaker to educators about the critical role community colleges can play in educating and training the workforce of the 21st century.
  • Honorary Professor, Wuhan Railway Vocational College of Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Honorary Professor, Wuhan Institute of Shipbuilding Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Co-presenter. “How Industry 4.0 & Global Education will Shape the Future of Work: A Case Study from Arizona”; panelist, “Tertiary Education International Policy Forum,” World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics global conference, 2018
  • Keynote presenter for the AACC delegation at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics World Congress in Beijing, October 2014
  • Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors Advisory Council, board member


  • Arizona chapter, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), award for service to PCC’s student-veterans, May 2015
  • Named Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve of the U.S., May 2015 and November 2016
  • Honorary Mission Support Group Commander for the Arizona Air National Guard 162nd Wing, 2017

Other memberships

  • Breakfast Club of Tucson
  • VIP Breakfast Club of Tucson
  • Rotary Club of Tucson, honorary member

Previous higher education experience

  • June 2006-June 2013: President, Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash., outside Seattle. Also served as Interim President at Shoreline
  • January 2005-June 2006: Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Shoreline Community College.
  • Previous: Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Centralia College in Centralia, Wash., and served as Special Assistant to the President for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.


  • Author, chapter in “Opportunity Knocking: How Community College Presidents Can Lead a New Era of Advancement,” 2015
  • Author, chapter in “Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College: Creating Pathways to Success for Minority and Impoverished Student Populations,” 2016
  • Author, “One Chancellor’s Comprehensive Approach to Agent-Based Recruiting,” National Association for College Admissions Counseling, 2018
  • Author, “Seoul Reflections: Yesterday and Today, published in the anthology, “Mixed Korean: Our Stories,” 2018


  • Juris Doctor degree, Seattle University School of Law
  • Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash. 
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Instructor on Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Employment Law at The Evergreen State College.
  • Thurston County (Wash.) Legal Clinic, former member

Other state of Washington memberships/honors

  • Dale Turner Family YMCA (Shoreline/South Snohomish County), board member
  • Forward Shoreline, former board member
  • Human Resources Management Commission, former chair
  • Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, member
  • Washington Campus Compact, executive board of directors
  • Letter of Commendation from former Gov. Gary Locke, 2007


A U.S. Army veteran, Chancellor Lambert was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents, and graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash. area. He likes for people to call him Lee.