Gene Lamke began his career at San Diego State University in 1968 as a Graduate Assistant and became a member of the full-time faculty in 1969 as a member of the Recreation and Physical Education Departments. He has taught at SDSU in six different decades (1960s to the 2010s). He has been selected as the Most Influential Faculty Member by the Outstanding Graduating Senior on 13 different occasions. He was the first faculty member to receive the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award (now named the Monty) in 1984. He served as Chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism for 15 years and was also the Chair of the University Senate for two terms from 1996-1998. He served as Director of Freshman Success Programs at SDSU from 1998-2003. He, along with Dr. Mark Butler, designed and founded the Hospitality and Tourism Management degree program at SDSU.
Additionally, Gene has served as president of various local, regional, and national professional associations and organizations. He has garnered over $4 million dollars worth of grants and contracts for SDSU and just recently completed serving seven years on the SDSU Research Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is the Project Director of Camp Able at Coronado, the beach-based summer day camp for disabled children, youth, and adults at Silver Strand State Beach (completed its 30th year of operations in 2010).