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    As announced by Chair of Lee University Board of Directors Dennis Livingston, the Board of Directors (BOD) is engaged in a search process for the 17th President of Lee University, subsequent to an announcement by current president Dr. Paul Conn that he will transition into a new role next summer. A search committee, appointed from within the BOD, will deliver findings from this process to the full BOD, which will make the final decision and appointment of the new president.

    The following information is presented for the purposes of gathering submissions for the position (applications or nominations), receiving other input from any of Lee’s constituencies regarding the process, and presenting relevant information about the role of president and about Lee University itself.


    If you wish to submit yourself to the search committee for consideration for this position, please send a cover letter and resume only to presidentialsearch@leeuniversity.edu, or by mail to

    Presidential Search; c/o President’s Office; Lee University; 1120 N. Ocoee Street; Cleveland, TN 37311


    In order to nominate someone for consideration in this search, please direct your nomination to the same email address, presidentialsearch@leeuniversity.edu, as it was developed as a “listening post” to collect all input into this process. 


    In addition to the above methods of submitting comments or other input, a group of four additional individuals will serve as advisory members to the search committee, each representing a different constituency with a fifth constituency assigned a search committee member to field direct input. Comments can be directed to these representatives directly, according to the constituency that best represents you.


    The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Lee and is responsible for the general welfare and progress of the university. The President is responsible for the leadership and administration of the university and oversees the work of the vice presidents to ensure strategic alignment of operations with the mission of the institution in areas such as academics, finance, enrollment, advancement, student development, spiritual life, and athletics. The President reports to the Board of Directors and works with them to establish strategic direction, policies and funding to deliver and enhance the Lee University student experience.
    The qualifications and duties of the role of President as described in the Bylaws of the Lee University Board of Directors can be found here .


    Lee University is a private, comprehensive university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founded by the Church of God as Bible Training School in 1918, Lee is emerging as a leader in higher education in the southeastern region whose growing reputation as a quality institution can be seen in the high caliber of faculty, students, and friends who are drawn to the campus. Over the past two decades, Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private universities in the nation. During that period, the university has undergone a remarkable transformation that has included significant growth in academic programs, campus and facilities, student enrollment, faculty expertise, and diversity, as well as an expanded sense of mission and vision. Programs are offered from six distinct Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Music, Religion, and Nursing. In addition to its robust course offerings, Lee’s service learning and study abroad components are distinctive aspects of the university curriculum. These programs have given Lee a distinct place among American institutions of higher learning as a Christ-centered campus devoted to the holistic development of undergraduate learners into adults ready to enter the world with civility, humility, exceptional skill, and the passion to make an immediate impact in their field.