Dr. Corbet Lamkin has begun working as a special projects assistant for the SAU System following his January 4, 2016, retirement as Chancellor of SAU Tech.
He will retain the title of Chancellor Emeritus.
“Dr. Lamkin has dedicated much of his professional life to both SAU in Magnolia and to SAU Tech in Camden. During my time at SAU, I have met numerous students who credit Dr. Lamkin with being an inspiration to them in the classroom and in directing them in their paths in life. It is quite clear that he will be leaving such a legacy on both campuses,” said SAU President Dr. Trey Berry.
Lamkin has been Chancellor of Southern Arkansas University Tech since January 2, 2008. Prior to joining SAU Tech, he served as the vice president for academic affairs with SAU in Magnolia.
During his 26 years at SAU, he served as the director of the Center of Economic Education and Research, director of the Division of Continuing Education, professor of agriculture and economics, and as a member of the graduate faculty.
He has also served on the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and as a director on Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation’s Board. He has served on the Ouachita Valley Community Foundation Board since its inception in 1993 and has served as the board’s chairman. Since 1983 he has been on the Ouachita County Medical Center Board and has been chair of that board.
Lamkin earned his B.B.A. from SAU in Business Agriculture; his M.S. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in Agricultural Economics; and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Economics. While at Mississippi State, Lamkin developed a computer programming application called “multi-stage optimization using separable programming.” His dissertation was also one of the first to incorporate polar coordinates, which would ultimately lead to the GIS and GPS systems we have today.