Donna A. LeeA native New Yorker, Donna A. Lee received her B.A. from the University of Tampa and her M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University. She served in the U.S. Army for 9 years, earning the rank of Captain. She discovered her passion for higher education and her vocation as a Student Affairs professional when she accepted a position at Rollins College in 1996. Her passion for her work is fueled by the affinity she has for students and their learning. She served the Rollins College community for 12 years, afforded the opportunity to experience several positions of increasing responsibility, positions that enabled her to develop and hone her skills as an educator and as a leader.
As an assistant director of Residential Life, she was privileged to live among students, gaining a unique perspective into student culture and student life outside of the classroom. As the coordinator of Diversity Programs and later as the director of Multicultural Affairs, she provided vision and leadership in shaping a diversity initiative for the college, working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to create programs, services, and resources to foster an inclusive campus community. She developed and taught courses designed to immerse students in learning opportunities that encouraged an exploration of self and others within diverse cultures and contexts, including service-learning experiences in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Her unanticipated transition to the role of dean of Student Affairs allowed her to creatively use her leadership skills to effect positive change both within her division and the campus community.
In 2008, her professional journey took her to Agnes Scott College, a private liberal arts college for women. She is driven by the institution’s mission to educate, empower, and liberate young women as they find, raise, and place their voices in pursuit of the common good in our world. Donna embraces an approach to learning that blends social justice education, leadership theory, and feminist pedagogy; she advocates for an education that enables individuals to develop their full capacities, empowering them to assume active leadership roles in their communities, realizing their agency and responsibility to create social change and working collaboratively with others to affect this change. She has presented numerous workshops on topics related to diversity, leadership, organizational development, and community engagement, and she has worked with the Anti-Defamation League, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Human Rights Council. Passionate about and committed to service, she regularly volunteers her time in the community. Donna is motivated each day by the students she works with, and she focuses her energies on creating spaces and opportunities for them to find and use their unique voices in our local, national, and global communities. A proud mother, Donna receives daily inspiration from her 15 year old son, Jonathan, who continually reminds her of the importance of reflection, integrity, and authenticity.