Huntington Lambert

Huntington Lambert

Dean, Division of Continuing Education & University Extension


Harvard University

San Diego, CA USA


If what you are doing isn’t making somebody else better off, go find something else to do. The metrics that matter most to me are the ones outside of myself.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I was diagnosed as “mentally retarded” at a young age due to the fact that I was extremely dyslexic and could hardly read.
In seventh grade, I spent the whole summer working through the original Hooked on Phonics programs.
At 13 years old, my cousin and me left home and traveled to the British Virgin Islands to become bartenders—this wild experience taught me about how the real world actually works.
Attended Colorado College, where I received my bachelor’s degree in business and psychology.
I began my career working for venture capitalists and even founded a start-up which I eventually sold—decided to attend MIT, where I earned a master’s degree in management.
For the next 20 years, I worked in the telecommunications industry, helping to build 25 companies in 12 different countries.
I pivoted and began guest lecturing at Colorado State University, which led to me teaching MBA classes, assisting in the school's economic development, and creating their online university.
I was recruited by Harvard to modernize their Division of Continuing Education—for the past six years, I've grown their online programs to include 600+ classes serving over 30,000 students.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Commerce, General
Colorado College
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
Colorado College
graduate
Graduate
Management, Accounting, Planning and Control
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Career

Career

Dean, Division of Continuing Education & University Extension

I run Harvard's division of continuing education and their extension school.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Technology
Technology
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

As the Dean of Harvard's Continuing Education and Extension School, no day is the same. Essentially, it is the access branch of Harvard. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit programs. We experiment with different forms of innovation like testing new pedagogies and methods of learning. I am responsible for the welfare of over 30,000 students in over 150 countries and managing 600+ online classes.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to stay flexible in your life in order to adapt to the changes that come your way. Be thoughtful and communicate. Focus on acquiring skills that aren't necessarily industry specific. Companies want the generalist with specialty knowledge. Invest your time in being really good at particular things. Gain some knowledge of computers and technology.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If there is something that truly makes you happy, go for it because there are plenty of jobs out there that will make you unhappy. If what you are doing isn't making the world better for someone else, go find something else to do.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You aren't smart."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Death and Loss