B.A., Northern Caribbean University (Formerly West Indies College)
MDiv, Andrews University
M.S.W., Andrews University
Ph.D., Candidate – Andrews University
Lloyd Hamilton, MDiv, MSW currently serves as the Dual Degree Program Director and Assistant Professor at Andrews University, where he taught as an Adjunct Professor in the past and accepted fulltime faculty position in January 2020.
Prior to coming to Andrews University, Hamilton served as Director for the Family and Children Services Department at Lewis Cass Intermediate School District. In this role Hamilton provided leadership by writing, implementing and executing multiple State Contracts; Formula Grants and one Federal Grant from 2002 until 2019.
Hamilton’s responsibilities for those programs included: Planning developing and forecasting budgets; Researching and grant writing for program funding; Hiring, coaching and empowering staff; Collaborating with four Local Educational Agencies (LEA’s) to increase school safety; Working within schools with teachers, principals and parents to achieve improved student outcomes; Planning and implementing fundraising activities to support client families; Networking with Tri-County area Agencies; Building cohesive teams and maintaining positive staff morale and staff retention; Maintaining regular and consistent contacts (at a minimum of once per month) with all four local area County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) referring agencies’ Directors/Program Managers/Supervisors and staff to build and maintain a collaborative approach to the delivery of services for families; Reviewing and managing the collection of program data; Ensuring that program workers provide a wide range of goal-directed services to client families; Supervising five program supervisors and up to thirty-eight staff; Completing and submitting monthly reports and billing for the state and quarterly reports for the Federal Government; Conducting annual staff performance evaluation; Attending quarterly state cluster meetings; Supervise MSW intern students.
Additionally, Hamilton served as Families First (FF) Supervisor at Starr Commonwealth offices in Benton Harbor and Three Rivers Michigan from 1995 until 2002. In this role, Hamilton had responsibilities that included: Serving as an FF social worker for three years; Providing in-home services teaching and modeling age appropriate parenting skills; Providing clinical services as well as resource coordination for client families; Teaching and imparting skills necessary for parents to keep their children in a safe environment; Developing safety plans; Writing client assessments; Connecting families to their local School district; managing the office operations; supervising five staff; Collecting data and reporting to the state which led to increase state funding.
Moreover, Hamilton served as Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work at Andrews university where he taught the following courses Social Welfare Institutions and Services and Social Welfare Policy in 2010 and 2011.
Furthermore, Hamilton served as Youth Pastor at All Nations SDA, where duties included implementing and overseeing programs for the youths of the church; Preaching and leading worship services; Coordinating family ministry events; Serving on the board of Andrews Academy; Intentional about including youths in the Sabbath services; mentoring and modeling for parents on age appropriate parenting skills.
Finally, Hamilton is a member of the National Association of Social Workers Michigan Association of Social Workers. He has been inducted into Phi Alpha Honor Society. He also served as the Chair for the Cass County Human Services Coordinating Council; and after completing his MSW program, he received the student of the graduating class award.
Most of Hamilton’s research and professional activities occurred before he came to Andrews University. A few of these activities includes: writing and getting numerous states grants funded totaling 1.6 million dollars. He has done presentation in Washington DC on what it was like assuming the Project Manager role and responsibilities of a grant midstream of implementation without being involved in the writing of the grant application or administering the grant.
Hamilton in collaboration with Dr. Curt VanderWaal wrote and received funding for the Family Skills and Family Skills Maintenance grant totaling almost $50,000.00 per year for three years.
Hamilton is a PhD candidate for Leadership Administration at Andrews University.
In December 2019, Hamilton presented at an Agency Director/Board Meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services in Three Rivers Michigan.