Faculty & Staff Directory Profile

Dr. Donzell Lee

Departments and Positions:
Leadership, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Dr. Donzell Lee began his career as an instructor of music in the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University. He progressed through the professional ranks, distinguishing himself as a professor and scholar, and was awarded the title of professor with tenure early in his career. In 1984, he became director of the Honors Curriculum Program, bringing regional and national recognition to the program through his and his students’ participation in regional and national honors councils and through the hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants that he brought to the program. In 2006, he served as interim associate vice president for academic affairs.

Lee’s next role was as dean of the School of Graduate Studies. He worked with other Alcorn State University personnel to develop study-abroad opportunities for students, and he has traveled extensively in South America, the Middle East, Egypt, and Russia as an arts advocate. He also serves as an accreditation evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges.

Lee holds degrees from Xavier University, Stanford University and Louisiana State University. Among his memberships are Music Educators National Conference, Mississippi Music Educators Association, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (board of governors), the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa International (chapter/member liaison), Southern Regional Honors Council (past president), National Collegiate Honors Council (past president), and the National Association of African-American Honors Programs (past president and executive director). He is also a member of the Eminent Board of Directors of the Natchez Music Festival. In 2010, Lee was included in the inaugural group of fellows of the National Collegiate Honors Council.