1879-1880: Charles E. Lambert

Among the new faculty hired in the wake of President Gatch's resignation was Charles Lambert, previously a professor at the University of Indiana. Lambert served for two months under the title of acting President before being confirmed in that role. During his year-long tenure, Lambert’s duties were more of an administrative nature than any of his predecessors’ had been and he spent considerable time preparing and submitting plans for development of the school. During his annual report, he made a case for the President’s work to be so arranged so that more time could be spent making contracts for the University and less time on other activities such as teaching. Lambert was a major force in the establishment of the law school and the organization of the Women’s College. Lacking full support of the Board of Trustees, he resigned the following fall.