William Lambert
William Lambert
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Manufacturing CEO to deliver commencement keynote

William M. Lambert, president and chief executive officer of Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA) and Penn State Harrisburg alumnus, will deliver Penn State Harrisburg’s spring 2013 commencement address on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The college will confer more than 650 undergraduate and graduate degrees this semester.

Lambert, of Cranberry Township, Pa., oversees the global business portfolio of MSA, the world’s leading provider of safety products that protect people’s health, safety, and the environment.  In this capacity, he is responsible for business initiatives, strategy development, and operations throughout North America, Western and Eastern Europe, and 40 international affiliates on six continents.  He also serves as director of the company, which has annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion. 

Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State Harrisburg and a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

One of Lambert’s career highlights at MSA since joining in 1981 was the development of the patented Quick-Fill® System, an accessory that allows firefighters to quickly replenish their air supplies in emergency or routine-use situations.  Lambert was honored for his contributions to North American firefighter safety by Design News magazine, which named him the publication’s 2002 Special Achievement Award winner.  In 2012, Ernst & Young named Lambert Entrepreneur of the Year in the manufacturing category for Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

He serves on the Board of Trustees and is past chairman of the International Safety Equipment Association of Arlington, Va.  He also serves as a member of Penn State Harrisburg’s Board of Advisers, a trustee of the Manufacturers Alliance, president of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, a director of the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and a director of the Senator John Heinz History Center.