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March 2005

Release date: March 21, 2005

Lambert Appointed ASU's Dean of Liberal and Fine Arts

Dr. Kevin James Lambert, who has served the last 15 years in various academic and administrative capacities at the University of Tennessee at Martin, has been named dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at Angelo State University, effective June 1.

The announcement was made by Dr. Donald V. Coers, ASU's provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. Lambert, a professor of music and chair of UT-Martin's Department of Music, succeeds Dr. E. James Holland, who had served as ASU's liberal and fine arts dean for 28 years until his retirement in 2003. Dr. Charles A. Endress, former head of the ASU Department of History, has served as interim dean for the past year. Prior to that ASU Sciences Dean Dr. David H. Loyd held the interim position.

In addition to a strong academic background in music and extensive administrative experience at the department and college level, Coers said Lambert brings to the ASU position solid people skills and a collegial management style that will benefit the college and the university.

"The qualities that several colleagues at UT-Martin stressed," said Coers, "were his warm, outgoing personality and his strong people skills. Those qualities will well serve the students and faculty of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts as well as the seven academic departments within the college."

Lambert has chaired the UT-Martin's Department of Music since 1999. He joined the faculty at UT-Martin in 1990 as assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, a position he has held throughout his tenure at the school. In 1998 he received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the UT-Martin Student Government Association.He has extensive experience as a tenor soloist, including most recently as guest artist for the International MusicFestival at Hirosaki University in Japan.

During his UT-Martin tenure, he served a year as acting director and two years as acting assistant director of the university's Division of Fine and Performing Arts. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Association and West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association.Prior to going to Tennessee, he served three years as director of vocal activities at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Before that he spent 10 years as a choir director in public schools in Page, Ariz., and West Covina and Hacienda Heights, Calif.

Lambert holds a bachelor of music education from Northern Arizona University and a master of music in choral performance from California State University at Fullerton. He earned his doctor of musical arts in choral performance and literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He and his wife, Penny, have an adult son, Brendan, and daughter, Jennifer.