Saint Joseph's College announces new president

The Saint Joseph's College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Joseph Lee of Windham as the next president of the college. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Robert MacBride, called Lee a man whose depth of experience and personal charisma make him a dynamic leader. "As we conducted the search, his resumé rose to the top," MacBride said. "Despite some excellent external candidates, we discovered that we clearly had the most qualified candidate already in-house," he added. Lee has served as a vice president at the Standish campus since 2005 and as interim president since last May.

Michael Shea of Bangor, a longtime trustee and alumnus of the college, headed the search committee, which fielded applications from 54 people for the position. "Dr. Lee's solid background in Catholic higher education, along with executive-level experience and a collaborative style make him an ideal choice as our next president," said Shea. "As the process unfolded, he emerged as the strongest candidate, and the fact that he has already been a part of the college ensures a quick and smooth transition," he noted.

Lee, 64, has been an administrator in Catholic higher education for 35 years, serving as dean of admissions and vice president for student services at Merrimack College in Massachusetts and later as the head of student life at Manhattan College in New York . He also served as President of Thomas More College in Kentucky from 2001 to 2004.

Lee expects to reinvigorate the college's strategic plan and manage the blueprint for growth over the next five years as the college expands to 1,200 students. "I'm thrilled to be offered this opportunity and also to be in my home state to stay," said Lee.

Dr. Margaret Hourigan, a Saint Joseph's professor and member of the search committee, said that faculty members appreciate Lee's candor, interpersonal skills and willingness to get input on decisions. "He demonstrates a genuine concern for all," she said.

Lee grew up in Bath, Maine, attended Cheverus High School and graduated from Morse High School . He earned a B.A. in French Literature and an M.S. in Education from St. Michael's College and holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.

Along with many extended family members in Maine, Lee has three children, Edward J. Lee III, John Lee and Christopher Lee.

A Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Joseph's enrolls 1,050 students at its Standish campus on Sebago Lake. Since 1976, it has also offered distance education to working professionals nationwide through its Graduate & Professional Studies division.

May 13, 2008 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu