Robert B. Lambeth Jr. ’71
Robert B. Lambeth Jr. ’71 has served as president of the Council
for Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) since 1983. He oversees the coordination
of collaborative projects for 29 Virginia independent colleges and universities,
including government relations, marketing, and business and purchasing activities.
He is also a staunch advocate for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program.
TAG provides more than $60 million per year to students attending Virginia's independent
In 2010, CICV formally launched the Healthcare Consortium of the Council of Independent
Colleges in Virginia, a self-insured health benefits program for 13 members with
3,000 employees and $25 million in premiums. Like other United States employers,
Virginia private colleges faced the annual challenge of rising health care costs,
higher premiums, fewer choices, and shrinking budgets. Member colleges united to
explore options for purchasing and administering health insurance benefits for their
employees as a single entity. Establishing the first benefits consortium required
feasibility studies, legislative approval, marketing studies and carrier negotiations.
The end results for the consortium members are more effective cost controls, more
choices in plan design, and real negotiating power with insurance carriers.
Prior to his work at CICV, Lambeth was director of the corporation for Jefferson’s
Poplar Forest and Joseph Nichols Tavern. He was instrumental in forming the Corporation
in 1983 to save the historical retreat of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.
Lambeth has also served as an adjunct instructor at Randolph College.
A devoted alumnus of Randolph-Macon College, Lambeth has served on the Society of
Alumni and Board of Associates. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the
Randolph-Macon Society of Alumni in 2009. Lambeth was also a speaker during the
office dedication of the late Bruce Unger, who was an esteemed political science
professor at Randolph-Macon.
Lambeth earned his B.A. in political science
from Randolph-Macon College, studied at Wroxton College, and earned his J.D. from
the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He has also done
graduate work in government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. Lambeth
and his wife, Lynn, reside in Bedford County, Virginia.