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University President Named Alumni Fellow

President of St. Catherine University, Andrea Lee, IHM, ’75 M.Ed., ’80 Ph.D. will return to campus on October 21 to be honored as a Penn State Alumni Fellow.

by Pamela Batson

Sister_Andrea_Lee.jpgThe Penn State Alumni Association has named Andrea Lee, IHM, ’75 M.Ed., ’80 Ph.D., a 2009 Alumni Fellow. Lee will be honored with other Fellows on October 21 in University Park at a dinner hosted by President Graham Spanier.  

Since 1998, Lee has served as president of St. Catherine University which serves more than 5,200 students on campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, is home to the nation’s largest baccalaureate college for women, and Minnesota’s only private institution offering associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees

Lee has led St. Catherine University through the execution of a highly successful strategic agenda, resulting in ten consecutive years of record enrollment, dramatically increased fundraising, and the construction of a new student center, learning commons and award-winning residence halls. Her leadership is hallmarked by substantial increases in the College’s financial assets, visibility, and community engagement, especially through its Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. Twin Cities Business recognized Lee’s innovative leadership in naming the Schmoll School of Health as 2009 Healthcare Hero. 

Previously, Lee was interim president, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marygrove College in Detroit.

”My graduate education at Penn State was foundational in preparing me for leadership in higher education. I am grateful for those wonderful years of opportunity and, especially, for the stellar faculty members who served as my teachers and mentors,” said Lee.

Lee serves on the Minnesota Private College Council and Catholic Community Foundation Boards locally, as well as the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Catholic Health Initiatives at the national level. She has also served as national chairperson for the Religious Network for Equality for Women. She was founding president of a non-profit low-income senior housing corporation.

“Dr. Lee’s academic and professional credentials along with her deep community involvement set her apart as an important role model for all executives. The College of Education is proud to count her as an alumna and honored that she was chosen as an Alumni Fellow,” said David Monk, dean of the College of Education.

Lee is an accomplished liturgical musician, playing flute and piano in several groups. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, Michigan, and the adoptive mother of a son from Haiti.

The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who, as leaders in their professional fields, are nominated by an academic college and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. The award is a cast bronze statue and framed certificate.