Eleanor Lee named dean of first-year studies at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 20 August 2007

TROY—Troy University has appointed Eleanor Lee, who joined the Troy faculty in 1982, to fill its newly created position of Dean of First-Year Studies.

Ms. Lee has worked with thousands of entering students as Coordinator of the Writing Center and Director of Instructional Support Services. She also designed and oversees the University Orientation Course TROY 1101 and is author of the course’s textbook Managing Your College Experience. As Dean of First-Year Studies, Ms. Lee will be responsible for organizing a new academic unit of the University specifically designed to serving freshmen and transfer students.

University Administrators said Ms. Lee was the perfect choice to fill this position.

“No one has contributed more to the academic success of our first-year students than Eleanor Lee,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University. “We know that the success of the first-year experience is crucial to retention of students. Ms. Lee is an outstanding educator and will make an outstanding dean.”

Dr. Ed Roach, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, said Ms. Lee was chosen for this important position for three reasons.

“Ms. Lee brings the requisite knowledge and skill to this position, but, most important, she brings the passion to serve students,” Dr. Roach said. “We knew that passion for serving students would be central to the success of this new position. I predict she will do an outstanding job.”

Ms. Lee will be charged with organizing existing academic and student-support functions into a new unit to counsel and support first-year students, according to Dr. John Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services.

“Ms. Lee provides the coaching, teaching and facilitating skills that will make this endeavor successful. Her track record at TROY speaks of achievement,” Dr. Schmidt said. “She will continue that course in seeing that our first-year students and faculty who teach them will also be achievers.”

Ms. Lee earned master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University. She has also attended multiple workshops and seminars at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Ms. Lee said she is pleased to serve in this new position, calling it the “culmination of all the work I have accomplished” at Troy University.

“The newly structured First-Year Studies Program will bring all existing components of the first year together in a structured way,” Mrs. Lee said. “The new Student Success Center, to be located in Eldridge Hall, will be staffed by experienced professionals and will include a variety of well-established resource centers to help students enhance their academic, social and career skills.”

Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, said Ms. Lee’s hiring will have a positive effect on the academic direction of TROY

“The appointment of Ms. Lee as Dean of First Year Studies is another strong indication of Troy University’s commitment to student success, especially those students coming to college for the first time,” Dr. Fulmer said. “Eleanor has been actively involved in leading our Instructional Support activities. She is a great choice to serve as Dean and advocate of our first year students.”