By Karen Chambless
Lee University?s Dr. William Lamb recently received the Tennessee Treasure award from the Tennessee Campus Compact (TNCC) on behalf of his work with Lee?s Leonard Center.
?Dr. Lamb has been a passionate advocate for service-learning at Lee University for well over a decade, helping to integrate it into our institutional fabric,? said Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development at Lee. ?He is passionate about seeing communities transformed, whether it?s here in Cleveland or around the world. He teaches students how to serve every day through word and deed.?
In addition to serving as director of the Leonard Center, Lamb teaches courses on Christian Benevolence and Global Missions, is a Gateway instructor for freshman classes, and is a lecturer in Lee?s Summer Honors program. He holds a doctorate in organizational leadership, a master?s degree in youth and family ministry, and a bachelor?s in religious studies.
?I am honored to be selected from among my peers as a champion of service-learning for the state of Tennessee,? said Lamb. ?Lee University provides me with a platform to equip students in service to others. Since launching the Leonard Center in 2003, we have seen thousands of students develop into scholars and servants, a signature part of the Lee experience. I look forward to continuing in building this partnership of Lee students, staff, and faculty serving together to impact communities.?
Lamb is the co-author of ?Answers to Questions Youth Workers, Parents, and Pastors Ask? and is frequently published in ministry and leadership magazines. A United States Marine Corps veteran, he also serves as a chaplain for Bradley County Fire and Rescue and Sheriff?s Departments. He is in his second term as a member of the Tennessee Governor?s Commission on Volunteerism and Service.
?The TNCC is pleased to award the 2015 Tennessee Treasure Award to Dr. William Lamb,? said Dr. Mani Hull, executive director of TNCC. ?Dr. Lamb merits this special distinction for his stellar contributions to campus-community engagement. He is highly regarded by his peers and is the epitome of a service-learning champion.?
According to Hull, the Tennessee Treasure award is given annually to service-learning champions at TNCC member institutions. There are currently 25 institutions of higher learning in the TNCC, which is a part of the nationwide Campus Compact organization.
The TNCC mobilizes engaged campuses to strengthen student learning and revitalize communities contributing to workforce and economic development.
Lee?s Leonard Center guides students in service-learning and partners with various organizations to give students the opportunity to engage in a high-impact learning experience while promoting the mission of community organizations.
PHOTOS: 1) Mani Hull presenting the Tennessee Treasure award to William Lamb. 2) Also pictured here are (left to right) Mike Hayes, Lamb, Hull, and William?s wife, Angela.