Professor Tom Lambert Granted Emeritus Status

During the Thursday, May 19th meeting of the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees, a resolution passed unanimously to grant Professor Tom Lambert Emeritus status.

Professor Thomas Lambert, after long and careful deliberation, made the decision to officially retire at the end of the 2016 spring semester. A beloved campus fixture since 1973, Professor Lambert has long been deeply respected and valued by students and colleagues alike. The resolution conferring Emeritus status refers to him as someone whose fellow faculty members “invariably portrayed him as a professor who met his responsibilities with a complete dedication of mind and heart, and a reverence and respect for his students, and as a role model”.

Dr. Susan Rogers, Division Chairperson of the Social Sciences and Sustainability Studies Division, described the Board of Trustees’ decision to grant Professor Lambert the status of Professor Emeritus “the crowning achievement of a long and exceptional academic career”, and noted that “only a handful of faculty are selected for this honor”.

Read the full resolution below.

RESOLUTION #418-16: PROFESSOR EMERITUS STATUS FOR THOMAS LAMBERT

Whereas Professor Thomas Lambert served SUNY Sullivan with dedication, commitment, and distinction for forty-three years, beginning in the fall of 1973, and retiring from the college on August 31, 2016; and

Whereas during his forty-three years at SUNY Sullivan he served as a faculty member and Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, as well as Professor of Sociology in the Social Sciences and Sustainability Studies Division, and the college received numerous heartfelt letters and messages in support of this honor; and

Whereas in their correspondence, former colleagues invariably portrayed him as a professor who met his responsibilities with a complete dedication of mind and heart, and a reverence and respect for his students, and as a role model, who held the full support of the faculty in the Social Sciences and Sustainability Studies Division; and

Whereas Professor Lambert received numerous awards over the years including the Sullivan County Community College Foundation Legacy Award in 2006, and the State University of New York Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1976; and

Whereas Professor Lambert received a 1972 National Science Foundation grant to study anthropology and archeology at the University of Colorado, and in 1974, another National Science Foundation grant to study advanced statistics at the University of Maryland. and was the subject of a documentary entitled “The Marginal Man”, produced in 2001 by one of his former Sullivan County Community College students; and

Whereas Professor Lambert participated in innumerable committees for the purpose of advancing the work and mission of the college and served as the Faculty Representative on the Foundation Board for many years, and was a ceaseless advocate for faculty support of the Foundation; and

Whereas Professor Lambert participated in numerous campus panel discussions and other programs including Issues in the Ukraine, the Newton Shootings and Rock the Vote; and

Whereas Professor Lambert spent countless hours educating community members, including important patrons and donors, about SUNY Sullivan and obtaining their support; and

Whereas over the years Professor Lambert has housed, transported, fed, counseled, mentored and advised the students of SUNY Sullivan, and countless numbers of them have credited him with transforming their lives; and

Whereas Professor Lambert has perfected the art of teaching to the point where he can stand facing the class during a lecture and write on the board with his hand behind his back; and

Whereas the President, the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the Division Chairpersons, and highly esteemed members of the community recommend this public recognition of Professor Thomas Lambert for his many contributions to the College; and

Therefore, be it Resolved that Professor Thomas Lambert is awarded the recognition of his distinguished service, and as an expression of gratitude for his exceptional dedication and professional commitment to further the goals of the College, Professor Thomas Lambert be granted the status of Professor Emeritus and that he be accorded such recognition and honors as may be appropriate to persons holding this rank.

Be it Further Resolved that this resolution become part of this Board of Trustees meeting, and a copy of this resolution be presented to Professor Lambert.