Dr. Lee is distinguished not only by his
name (yes, he's distantly related), but also by his concern for the
students whose careers he has nurtured.
Dr. Lee joined the College of Pharmacy in
1970 when it was a small unit on the West Campus. He played a major
part in the creation of the two-year prepharmacy and three-year
pharmacy curriculum and expansion of academic programs.
Appointed assistant dean for
undergraduate programs in 1978, Dr. Lee was responsible for
coordinating the college's admissions, academic performance, student
affairs and honors, and curriculum committees.
Dr. Lee was appointed associate dean in
1989. In 1993 he took on more external affairs and the administration
of college and university loans and scholarships. The current dean,
Daniel Acosta, PhD, added more day-to-day college operations when he
was appointed in 1996.
Dr. Lee has been responsible for pharmacy
recruitment and admissions, a particularly stressful role because of
the many highly qualified applicants, 600 in 2005, for fewer than 100
But Dr. Lee, who is also distinguished by
his kindness (not to mention impeccable manners, equally impeccable
suits and a perpetual, healthy tan) has a student-friendly approach
that includes encouraging students who are not accepted, and counseling
them how to do better on reapplication.
One of Dr. Lee's most recent and
important jobs in the college was his leadership in increasing minority
recruitment through the establishment of the College of Pharmacy
Council on Diversity. The council now has its own recruiter, a minority
pharmacist funded through a joint effort with the Kroger company, who
has helped increase minority enrollment significantly. The college has
reactivated its chapter of the Student National Pharmacists
Association, the student branch of the primary professional association
for minority pharmacists in the U.S.
Dr. Lee's concern for students has been
rewarded frequently by their choosing him for the annual College of
Pharmacy Faculty Excellence Award.
Dr. Lee was active in nearly every
professional organization in the college. And just as important, he
serves as the "college memory" to help new faculty mentors keep a sense
of continuity in the organizations.