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ABOUT CHARLES CHAMBERS

Charles Chambers is Co-Chair of the Coalition Fueling Michigan’s Future, a regional initiative to develop and expand business enterprises in Michigan focusing on alternative fuels and other advanced technologies, through enlarged, multi use facilities at Cobo Hall, which would also accommodate the growing North American International Auto Show.

From 1993 to 2006 he served as the fifth president of Lawrence Technological University. There he led the largest expansion of facilities, achieved the highest level of fundraising success in the University’s 73-year history, and spearheaded Lawrence Tech’s emergence as Michigan’s preeminent private research university. He is currently on leave from his position as Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology. (Click for full resume)

During his tenure, Lawrence Tech became Michigan’s first wireless laptop campus and added a $20 million Technology and Learning Center and a $12 million Student Housing Center. Recently completed are the $14.9 million A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center and the $3.2 million Center for Innovative Materials Research. Other initiatives included improvements to the campus quadrangle. Millions more have been invested upgrading all other facilities on Lawrence Tech’s 120-acre campus. Concurrently, there has been an enormous increase in student scholarships, community outreach, and the growth and expansion of applied research and academic offerings, including the launch of doctoral programs, and establishing learning centers and higher education partnerships throughout southeastern Michigan, Canada, Germany, and the Far East.

For the 10 years prior to joining Lawrence Tech, Chambers was president of the American Foundation for Biological Sciences, a consortium of over 50 scientific laboratories, museums, and societies headquartered in Washington, D.C. He has served on the faculties of Harvard University, the University of Alabama, and George Washington University, where he was also a dean for graduate evening programs.

An expert in accreditation, he has been president of the American Association of University Administrators. He has also been a consultant to the Congress and to numerous governmental agencies. As an aerospace engineer with NASA in the 1960s, he participated in the Apollo space program that landed men on the moon.

Chambers holds the PhD degree in physics from the University of Alabama, has a law degree from George Washington, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Lawrence Tech. In 1992, he was elected a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves as a director of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Detroit Economic Club, Engineering Society of Detroit, Automation Alley, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan, Michigan Small Aircraft Transportation System, and the national Business-Higher Education Forum. Public appointments include the Oakland County Workforce Development Board and the Michigan Task Force on Creativity, Arts, and Cultural Education. (-506)

A native of Virginia, he and his wife, Dr. Barbara Chambers, have four children and one grandson. (Click for family picture).

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