Lee to be guest speaker at Rector Chamber banquet

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ASU athletic director Dean Lee

Arkansas State University athletic director Dean Lee will be the speaker for the 2012 Rector Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Rector Community Center.

In his 10 years at the helm of ASU athletics, Lee has molded the ASU Athletic Department into one of the most successful and respected programs in the nation. Lee came to ASU in July 2002 and soon launched changes which have brought growth and excitement to all areas of the school's athletic program.

He also has helped create excitement and success in academics, donor and alumni involvement, community service and achievement.

Lee was instrumental in the recruitment and hiring of new ASU head football coach Gus Malzahn, who during two years as offensive coordinator at Auburn University helped lead the Tigers to the 2010 National Championship, and also of ASU head men's basketball coach John Brady, who joined the ASU staff in 2008 after leading the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers to the Final Four in 2006.

According to an article about Lee on the ASU athletics website, he has orchestrated growing crowds, overseen the expansion and growth of ASU's athletic facilities and provided sound leadership for both the athletic staff and student athletes.

Lee came to ASU from Oklahoma State University, where he was the associate director of athletics for external operations. Prior to that he served as vice president of the Razorback Foundation at the University of Arkansas and as athletic director at Arkansas Tech University.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1979 and master's in education at Henderson State University, then completed his doctor of education degree at the University of Arkansas in 1989.

Although born in Tulsa, Okla., Lee competed in high school sports in Berryville, Ark., and was selected to play in the All-Star basketball and football games in 1975.

He also played basketball, baseball and tennis at Henderson State, where he later served as an assistant coach. He played in two national championship games as a member of Henderson State's basketball team. He was head basketball coach at Malvern High School early in his career.

Lee and his wife, Reba, are the parents of two daughters, Diamond Olivia and Anna Pearl.

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