Dr. Donzell Lee is the interim president of Alcorn State University where he serves as the chief executive officer of the nation’s oldest public land-grant HBCU. Dr. Lee has administrative oversight for Alcorn’s 1,700-acre Lorman campus and branch locations in Natchez and Vicksburg.
Dr. Lee previously served as the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs to strengthen academic programs, policies and procedures. However, he began his career as an instructor of music in the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University. He progressed through the professorial ranks, distinguishing himself as a professor and scholar, and was awarded the rank of professor with tenure early in his career. In 1983, he oversaw the development of the first computer-assisted instruction music laboratory in the state of Mississippi, a facility which garnered much acclaim in the state and region. In 1984 he became Director of the Honors Curriculum Program at Alcorn State University, 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 garnered for the Honors Program. He became chairman of the Fine Arts Department in 2001, and remained in that leadership position until 2006 when he became Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and in 2008 he became Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also worked with higher education institutions in Russia, India, and Ghana to develop partnerships for faculty and student exchange.
Dr. Lee holds degrees from Xavier University, Stanford University, and Louisiana State University. Among his memberships are National Association for Music Education, 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.