Lee named Coe College vice president for facilities and operations

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2016-09-27 10:36:32 - General

Larry Lee
Larry Lee

Coe College President David McInally has appointed Larry Lee as the new vice president for facilities and operations. In this role, Lee will have overall responsibility for all campus facilities and grounds, Kohawk athletics and food service.

Lee has worked in various administrative positions in higher education for more than two decades, including service at the University of Denver, Allegheny College and Carnegie Mellon University. During his career he has held positions of increasing responsibility at colleges and universities, including director of athletics and recreation, associate vice president, senior associate vice president, and vice president for finance and administration.

Prior to 1994, Lee served as a member of the United States National Coaching Staff for the sport of judo, and also as the executive director of the United States Judo Association. Lee graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, and earned his master's degree in management with a dual emphasis in higher education and business administration from the University of Denver.

"Larry's wide-ranging experience with key operational functions in higher education, including facilities and athletics, will be beneficial as we strive to provide the best possible on-campus environment for our students," said McInally. "In addition, Larry has the background to provide strong leadership for the planned development of a campus master plan, which is an important step as we chart the course for Coe's future."

Lee is looking forward to the opportunities presented by his new role at Coe.

"I have a deep admiration for Coe College, which is highly respected nationally in higher education," said Lee. "With the college poised for growth, I'm enthused to join Coe at this point in its history. I'm looking forward to working to further enhance the living and learning environment for Coe students."

Lee has a variety of interests. He is a fourth-degree black belt in judo, and worked as a deck hand and later as the captain of the Misty Dawn, a fishing vessel based in Bristol Bay, Alaska. He graduated from high school in Anchorage.

He has been married for 30 years to Cathy Lee, who he met while living in France to train in judo. Cathy is a third-degree black belt in judo and was a 1991 Pan American Silver medalist and the 1992 United States Olympic Team alternate to Barcelona.

The Lees have twin 17-year-olds, Gabrielle (Gaby) and Spencer, who are finishing their senior year of high school in Pennsylvania. Gaby plans to enroll at Coe next fall, while Spencer will be attending the University of Iowa where he has committed to wrestle for the Hawkeyes. Spencer is a three-time age group world champion in the sport of wrestling, and he is currently the number one recruit in the nation.

Lee assumed his new responsibilities on Sept. 12.