President Joseph Lee to be inaugurated at Saint Joseph's College

Saint Joseph's College will inaugurate Dr. Joseph Lee as its 13th president on Friday, Oct. 24. Gov. John Baldacci and Bishop Richard Malone will be speaking at the ceremony, to be held at 2:30 p.m., in the Harold Alfond Center.

  • Dr. Lee is the only Maine native who is president of a 4-year college in Maine.
  • A native of Bath, Maine, Lee is thrilled to be "back home" after being away for several decades. He brings a depth and breadth of higher education leadership in fundraising, strategic planning, enrollment, marketing, student life and athletics.
  • Dr. Lee expects to see the college grow over the next five years to 1,200 students and will oversee development of a strategic plan for its near future.
  • Dr. Lee was named president of Saint Joseph's College in May 2008 following a national search. He came to the college in late 2005 to manage the areas of enrollment and student life. In May of 2007, he was asked to serve as interim president.
  • Before coming to the college, Dr. Lee was president of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Student Life at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., from 1990 to 2001 and Vice President for Student Services at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., from 1976 to 1990.
  • President Lee has served on the Board of Trustees for the National Conference for Community and Justice. He also served for two years as co-chair of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Drive and was a member of the Urban Learning Center Campaign in the Cincinnati area. Recently he was named to the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Maine.
  • Dr. Lee earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College, a master's degree in guidance and counseling and a bachelor's degree in French literature from St. Michael's College. He also is an alumnus of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

October 20, 2008 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail