Fletcher M. Lamkin, Ph.D., has more than 25 years of leadership experience at four colleges and universities. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point and a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his doctor of philosophy from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.
From 2010 to 2012, Lamkin served as president for Kansas Wesleyan University where he operated the institution at a surplus with clean audits and managed to grow enrollments by 7 percent. From 2008 to 2009, he was vice president for institutional advancement for Dominican University of California.
From 2000 to 2007, he served as president for Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. During his time at Westminster, Dr. Lamkin developed and implemented an improved strategic vision and mission. He inspired strong support of Board, alumni and the local community which resulted in a growth in endowment from $27 million to $54 million and a successful $80 million capital campaign. Additionally, Westminster achieved top 10 percent ratings in student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning, and enriching educational experiences from the National Survey of Student Engagement. In 2007, “Forbes” rated Westminster College in the top 50 of its best colleges and university ratings, the only institution in Missouri to receive this honor.
Dr. Lamkin has a strong military background. He served as a career Army officer for 36 years and was promoted to Brigadier General. He served 16 years on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, culminating that service as West Point’s academic dean. As dean, among his many accomplishments, he achieved institutional accreditation by Middle States and six engineering programs by ABET. He also quadrupled the quantity of research and improved relationships with the Army community that have continued since his departure.
During his time as a career Army officer, Dr. Lamkin earned many awards and decorations to include the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Airborne and Ranger qualification. He also earned the honor of Distinguished Graduate and was winner of the J.W. Mittendorf award for Best Student Research at the U.S. Naval War College.
Since 2012, Dr. Lamkin has worked as a consultant in higher education, serving as president and CEO of The Higher View Group and K-D Consultants, consulting firms that provide strategic management services to colleges and universities. He recently was also employed as an independent consultant for CampusWorks, a company that specializes in advising colleges and universities on best management practices for their organizations.