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Dr. Donzell Lee retires from Alcorn after 45 years of service


One of Alcorn State University’s longest-tenured employees says goodbye to the University after four decades of service.

Dr. Donzell Lee, former interim president during the 2018-2019 academic year, is retiring from Alcorn after 45 years. During his tenure, Lee served in numerous positions that include instructor of music and chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, director of the Honors Curriculum Program, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and interim associate vice president for the Office of Academic Affairs. He was also appointed provost in 2015. Lee holds degrees from Xavier University, Stanford University, and Louisiana State University (LSU).

Initially, Lee said that he planned to only work at Alcorn for one year. That changed once he got acclimated to the University’s surroundings, which caused him to fall in love with the atmosphere around campus.


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