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8/24/2015 - Jackson, Miss.

Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce announced recently that Dr. Susan Lee has been named as Interim Associate Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Institutions of Higher Learning. She has served as Director of Academic Affairs for the Institutions of Higher Learning since 2012.

As Interim Associate Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Lee serves as the university system's chief academic officer. She provides leadership for the development, interpretation and implementation of all policies related to academic and student affairs. She works closely with the chief academic officers and chief student affairs officers on the campus to ensure the achievement of the system's strategic goals and mission.

"Dr. Lee has been an integral part of the IHL Staff for many years and has done a wonderful job, said Dr. Glenn F. Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. " I appreciate her willingness to step into this role and know that she will continue to do a stellar job leading this area and working with our universities. Her experience on both the campus and system level gives her a keen understanding of the issues students face and how best to address those issues to help all students graduate."

In her role as Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lee provided leadership for the development and implementation of system-wide academic policy and worked closely with the system provosts and vice presidents of academic affairs, leaders of other segments of higher education in Mississippi and across the nation. She served as liaison to the Mississippi Department of Education in all matters related to the state's 15 Teacher Preparation Programs and Alternative Route Teacher Preparation Programs. She served as the Director for Title II-Part A and Director of the Higher Education Leadership Team for Post-Secondary Engagement.

Dr. Lee joined the Institutions of Higher Learning staff in 2007 as Director of P-20 Initiatives. Prior to joining IHL, Dr. Lee worked at Delta State University as Director of Field Experiences, Coordinator of Technology for the College of Education, and Adjunct Professor for the Education Leadership Program.

Her other work experiences include serving as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State; Technology Coordinator and elementary and secondary school teacher in the Indianola School District; private piano instructor at Indianola Academy and elementary teacher in the Grenada School District.

Dr. Lee serves on several professional boards, including the Redesign College of Education Advisory Board, SEDL Advisory Board, Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program Board and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education Board. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, The National Scholars Honor Society, and the American Association of University Women. A William J. Fulbright Scholar and Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program Scholar, Dr. Lee was named one of Mississippi's 50 Exemplary Teachers.

Dr. Lee earned her Doctorate of Professional Studies with an emphasis in higher education administration, an Educational Specialist degree in leadership and administration, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Supervision, all from Delta State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Mississippi State University.

Dr. Lee and her husband, Joe, a registered nurse, have three children and nine grandchildren. They are members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Indianola, which she serves as organist.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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