Trustees Name Dr. Lee Chancellor Emeritus
National University Library will also be renamed in his honor
Herb Meistrich, Chairman of the National University System Board of Trustees, bestowed upon National University System Chancellor Dr. Jerry C. Lee the title of Chancellor Emeritus at the University's San Diego commencement ceremonies on May 14.
Meistrich also announced that on January 1, 2013, the National University Library will be officially renamed the Dr. Jerry C. Lee Library, in Dr. Lee's honor.
Dr. Lee has served as Chancellor of the National University System since 2001 and previously served as President of National University from 1989 to 2007. Last October, he advised the Board of Trustees that he will step down as Chancellor on December 31, 2012.
"The past 22 years have been some of the most extraordinary years of my life, and I have been blessed to have been associated with such outstanding students, faculty, staff, trustees and friends of the System community," said Dr. Lee in an official statement. "I believe the National University System's best years lie ahead, and I look forward to observing our progress while continuing to contribute, but in a much different way."
As Chancellor, Dr. Lee oversees the six affiliates of the National University System, including: National University; John F. Kennedy University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs, consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academies; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College.
Under Dr. Lee's direction, the combined worth of the affiliates of the National University System has been estimated as much as a billion dollars. During his time as President, Dr. Lee oversaw the remarkable transformation of National University as it became the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th largest in the United States.
Under Dr. Lee, National University recorded an impressive list of accomplishments, including: preparing more teachers each year than any other single California institution for the past 11 years in a row; having the largest number of graduate students in California and the sixth-largest graduate program in the nation; and housing the largest master's degree program in special education in California and the second-largest in the nation.
During Dr. Lee's tenure, National University has also been recognized for offering access to traditionally underserved learners. Today, National University ranks first in California in awarding master's degrees to Hispanics, African Americans and women, and first in the nation in awarding master's degrees in education to Hispanics and African Americans.
Other notable accomplishments under Dr. Lee include the accrual of endowment funds totaling close to $400 million; the fact that National University is debt-free; and the distinction of National University being named to the 2010 "Best Colleges to Work For" Honor Roll by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The National University System Board of Trustees is currently conducting a search process for the next Chancellor.