Steven K. Lee, Ph.D.
Office Location: G739
Dr. Steven K. Lee became President of George Mason University Korea in July of 2015. Prior to assuming the helm at George Mason University Korea, he was Founding Director and CEO of USC Korea in Seoul. During his 25+ year career in higher education, Dr. Lee has held leadership positions at several of the major U.S. higher education institutions, including the campuses in the University of California, California State University, and the Oregon University Systems. He was the youngest faculty member to attain a tenured professorship in Education in the California State University system and the youngest Korean-American to receive the Full Professorship in a College of Education in the U.S. Dr. Lee presently holds the title of Distinguished Professor at George Mason University. This is his second presidency in an American university.
For years, President Lee has held presidencies at several national and international academic and professional organizations. He also served as advisor to various commissions and organizations, including the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In 2013 and, again, in 2014, Dr. Lee received the President’s Award and Medal for his leadership in educational and community service. In 1993, President Lee was honored by the Korean government with the title “Esteemed Korean Scholar” for his leadership in Korean Studies, including promoting Korean Studies and Korean culture. Among President Lee’s leadership activities include establishing the Urban Education Center in Los Angeles to serve minority and inner-city students and serving as President for the Association of Asian Pacific American Leadership in Education and the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Association.
President Lee received his doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC) and his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington (UW).