- J. Charles Lee
Mississippi State University
Dr. J. Charles Lee became
the 17th president of Mississippi State University on January 17,
Dr. Lee had previously served for just over a year as interim
president. He had been Mississippi State's vice president for agriculture,
forestry, and veterinary medicine since September 1999 and also
had been dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since
July 2000. He previously had served at Mississippi State from 1978
to 1983 as dean of the School of Forest Resources and associate
director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment
Before returning to Mississippi State as vice president in 1999,
Lee had held administrative positions in the Texas A&M University
System, including four years as vice chancellor for research, planning,
and continuing education. In that role he was responsible for academic,
research, and continuing education issues for all of the system's
Dr. Lee also served for 18 months in 1994-95 as interim executive
vice president and provost for Texas A&M University, providing
leadership for all academic programs and related activities throughout
the 42,000-student university.
He joined Texas A&M in 1983 as head of the forest science
department, later holding high-level administrative positions in
the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station and as deputy vice chancellor of the Texas A&M
Dr. Lee earned a bachelor's degree in forest management and a
Ph.D. in forestry/genetics at North Carolina State University.
He also has done graduate work at Duke University.
He spent the early years of his career as a research forester
for the Westvaco Corporation in North Carolina and West Virginia
and headed the forestry department at the University of Arkansas
at Monticello from 1972 to 1978.
Dr. Lee has been honored for outstanding service by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences,
the Texas A&M University Board of Regents, the Texas A&M
College of Medicine, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission.
He and his wife, Pat, have three children and three grandchildren.