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E. Joseph Lee II, PhD, named Interim President

The Board of Trustees of Spring Hill College is pleased to announce that E. Joseph Lee II, PhD, has been named Interim President of the College, effective August 1, 2018.  He succeeds Christopher Puto, PhD, who currently serves the College as President Emeritus and Founding Director of the John J. Burke Center for the Study and Advancement of Free Enterprise.

Chairman of the Board Michael Coghlan said, “We are excited and confident about the leadership and experience Dr. Lee brings with him to Spring Hill. His knowledge and successes in leading institutions of higher education and his credentials inspire faith in his work and his ability to advance our College through an ever-changing culture that’s impacting colleges and universities across the country. He has also shared his dedication to our Spring Hill mission as the core of the College’s Jesuit, Catholic identity and future growth."

Lee graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Education. He attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University before earning his PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.

Lee attended a Jesuit high school in Maine and first worked with the Jesuits as a young admissions counselor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. During those years, Lee said, he had many Jesuits he considered to be his mentors. He was also an active member of Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators for 15 years.

Lee comes to Spring Hill College from The Registry, a national firm providing interim leadership in higher education. His most recent assignments include Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management for the University of Maine, President of Pine Manor College in Massachusetts and Interim Director of Admissions at Boston Architectural College. Prior to his work with The Registry, Lee served as President for Saint Joseph’s College in Maine and Thomas More College in Kentucky. His record of achievements in these positions includes strategic planning, enrollment development and a commitment to faculty and staff engagement.

"I could not help but be impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of everyone I met during my two days on campus. I have deep respect for Spring Hill's Jesuit, Catholic mission and feel privileged to be a part of the College's next chapter and build on the hard work of Dr. Puto in renewing our full accreditation,” Lee said.

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