Chancellor Joe Fisher recently appointed Lee Beaumont as Hallmark University’s new Chief Operations Officer, a role that will initially focus on ramping up Hallmark’s online learning program.
Mr. Beaumont most recently served as Senior Vice President of Auxiliary Services at Liberty University before joining the executive team at Hallmark University. The development and subsequent growth of Liberty University’s online program and auxiliary services departments can be credited to his oversight and guidance. Mr. Beaumont was instrumental in transitioning the distance education program at Liberty from videotape delivery to online and was responsible for all administrative affairs associated with the program including enrollment management. The online program at Liberty grew rapidly under his tenure and was tasked with creating an auxiliary services division. Auxiliary Services grew from its initial creation to over 1,000 employees while managing a $57 million budget by the time of his exit.
“Lee’s experience in expanding online offerings is only one aspect of the value he brings to Hallmark University,” said Chancellor Joe Fisher. “It is his alignment with our mission of changing lives and history of innovative educational delivery that will perpetuate Hallmark’s view of higher education and drive us to the frontlines of the next generation in student development.”
Mr. Beaumont’s new position will see to the development and growth of Hallmark University’s online programs by preparing a more aggressive online offering. “I saw the potential of bringing this school online in an accelerated format at a very competitive price point, in a city this large,” said Mr. Beaumont. “Hallmark has the ability to serve a lot of students and to give them the education that they need to get the job that they want.”
Mr. Beaumont earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Texas A&M and his master’s degree in biology from Lamar University. He is currently pursuing his Ed.d in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. His career in higher education began as a teaching assistant in Anatomy at Grand Canyon University. His first administrative role was at Bryant and Stratton College in Cleveland, Ohio as an admissions counselor. Success in this position led to Mr. Beaumont’s subsequent promotions and advancements at several institutions that ultimately guided him to Liberty University for the past 18 years. In addition to the traditional departments commonly found in auxiliary services, Mr. Beaumont worked closely with state and federals agencies such as the Department of Conservation Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Army Corps of Engineers for various university-related building and environmental projects. A large club sports division was also created as part of his responsibilities which boasted over 725 athletes with a retention rate of 93% and a cumulative GPA of 3.1 for the 2017-2018 academic year. He plans to apply some of the same methods at Hallmark which led club sports at Liberty to attain a high level of academic success.
Mr. Beaumont served on the board of several community operations groups during his time in Virginia which included the local mass transit system (Greater Lynchburg Transit System), Region 2000, the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, the Central Virginia Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Central Virginia Transportation Technical Committee. Mr. Beaumont moved to San Antonio with his wife and hopes to serve his new community by applying to serve on the board of several community organizations in San Antonio.