Lee, Igwebuike selected as permanent Academic Affairs leadership
President Alfred Rankins Jr. announced Friday, May 1 the selection of Dr. Donzell Lee as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and John Igwebuike as associate vice president for Academic Affairs, nearly one year after naming them to the job on an interim basis.
“Lee and Igwebuike have done an excellent job serving as interim leadership for Academic Affairs,” said President Rankins. “Their scholarly backgrounds, leadership and passion for our students will serve the Alcorn community well.”
Lee began his career as an instructor of music in the Department of Fine Arts and progressed quickly through the professional ranks, distinguishing himself as a professor and scholar, earning the rank of tenured professor early in his career. In 2006, he was appointed associate vice president for Academic Affairs and most recently, he served as vice provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies.
“I am humbled and honored to be named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs,” said Dr. Lee. “We have great momentum under the leadership of President Rankins and important work to continue to advance the success of our students and the Alcorn family.”
Igwebuike joined Alcorn as an assistant professor in the School of Business. He has played an important role in the institution's attainment of three major milestones: SACS Reaffirmation (2011); NCAA Recertification (2012) as NCAA Faculty Athletics representative; and ACBSP Accreditation (2013) as associate dean of the School of Business.
“It is truly a privilege and an honor to serve the students of Alcorn State University,” said Dr. Igwebuike. “I look forward to working with Provost Lee and engaging members of Alcorn to provide both excellence and opportunities for our students.”