Robert J. Kardas Officially Steps Into Role of Lambton College President & CEO

Kardas is celebrated as a purpose-driven, student-focused leader with more than 23 years of progressive leadership experience in postsecondary education, all of which he amassed at Lambton College.
Kardas is celebrated as a purpose-driven, student-focused leader with more than 23 years of progressive leadership experience in postsecondary education, all of which he amassed at Lambton College.

Lambton College has a new leader in the Office of the President.

On Thursday, July 1, Robert J. Kardas officially took over as the College’s 11th President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Kardas is celebrated as a purpose-driven, student-focused leader with more than 23 years of progressive leadership experience in postsecondary education, all of which he amassed at Lambton College.

Most recently, Kardas served as the Vice President of Academic & Student Success where he worked to increase access to Lambton’s world-class education and student life experience, helping to create a diverse and inclusive student body. He also notably developed a comprehensive partnership with the College’s Student Administrative Council that resulted in the construction of the new Cestar Group Athletics & Fitness Complex, a premier facility in the Ontario college landscape.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kardas played an essential role in the College’s plan-ahead response, providing stability and continuity for students, employees and community partners alike. Working with the senior leadership team, he also helped develop a post-COVID strategy that centres around sustainable innovation and growth for Lambton College and the Sarnia-Lambton community.

Kardas was announced as the College’s next President & CEO on March 1, 2021 after an extensive recruitment process by the Board of Governors following Judith Morris’ retirement announcement in February 2020.

At the time, Janice McMichael Dennis, Chair of the Lambton College Board of Governors referred to Kardas as a “student-focused champion who possesses the passion, knowledge and strategic vision necessary to continue to advance Lambton College and further build on its legacy and distinguished reputation across the province and around the world.”

Kardas says one of his first priorities as the incoming President & CEO will be to safely and methodically transition the College out of the pandemic without sacrificing Lambton’s commitment to student success.

“Over my time at Lambton College, ‘The Lambton Way’ has been a term that has been used in different ways. For me, ‘The Lambton Way’ is about being passionately student-centred, as it is our students who will continue to inspire us daily and must remain at the forefront of everything we do,” Kardas said, addressing the College community on his first day in the role.

Additionally, Kardas says his summer months will be spent engaging with the Board of Governors and meeting with a wide range of College stakeholders.

“The strong partnerships we share with our community and local industries and businesses elevate our College, and great care will be given to further growing and strengthening these bonds,” he said.

Kardas hails from Welland, Ontario where he graduated from Notre Dame College School. He holds Master of Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Human Kinetics degrees, both from the University of Windsor and resides in Sarnia with his wife Heather and daughters Fayth, 18, and Mackenzie, 12.


For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca


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