UHV names new associate vice president
University of Houston-Victoria administrators hired a new associate vice president Monday to oversee the Division of Student Affairs.
Jay Lambert, assistant vice president for student engagement at Lamar University in Beaumont, will start his new position May 1.
He replaces Chari Norgard, who retired from the university in November.
Lambert has been a housing and student life leader for several universities during the past 19 years.
"The UHV community welcomes the new leadership in Student Affairs, which comes at a crucial time during the university's rapid emergence as a full-service, four-year institution that offers residential living to area students," university president Phil Castille said.
One of the enticing aspects about the UHV job was the rare opportunity to help build and shape a destination university that is in its early years of development, Lambert said.
In 2010, UHV enrolled freshmen and sophomores for the first time.
"In higher education, you don't usually get an opportunity like this to help build something," Lambert said. "Typically, you have a chance to lead what's already in place. That's great, but this is a chance to add new programs and experiences for students. To be part of that is a great opportunity for me."
Lambert will provide administrative direction to meet enrollment targets, expand student life programs, promote transfer success and increase student retention and graduation rates.
He will supervise the directors of financial aid, enrollment management, records, student life, student success and the counseling center.
"We're going to continue to strive to get the best quality students who will succeed at UHV," Lambert said. "A number of first-generation college students have chosen UHV. That's a positive because we are having a major effect on their lives by providing access to higher education."
A New Orleans area native, Lambert earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1992 from Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond. He went on to attain a master's degree two years later in counseling and personal services from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
In 2008, he earned a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education from Lamar University.