President Lee named to national board

Dr. Joseph Lee of Windham, President of Saint Joseph's College, has been named to the national Board of Trustees at United Cerebral Palsy, one of the country's leading organizations serving and advocating for the more than 54 million Americans with disabilities.

"Dr. Lee will strengthen our Board's strong tradition of leadership, policymaking and governance in our aim to achieve a life without limits for people with disabilities," said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of the organization.

United Cerebral Palsy promotes the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Through a nationwide affiliate network, it offers services to individuals, families and communities, such as job training and placement, physical therapy, individual and family support, early intervention, social and recreation programs, community living, state and local referrals, and instruction on how to use technology to perform everyday tasks. Sixty-five percent of people receiving services have disabilities other than cerebral palsy.

"Dr. Lee brings a wealth of non-profit executive experience at a time of great uncertainty for all nonprofits in the United States," said Bruce Merlin Fried, Chair of United Cerebral Palsy's Board of Directors. "We look forward to the insights he has gained by leading complex higher education institutions and his track record of collaboration within the academic realm."

United Cerebral Palsy is one of the largest and most efficient health charities in the United States, with a combined budget of more than $750 million for research, public policy advocacy and direct services.

June 22, 2010
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail