Donna Lee, ACPA President

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Donna Lee was named Vice President for Student Affairs at Macalester College in 2015.  Prior to Macalester, Donna served as Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.Donna 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.  

Donna entered the profession in 1995 after serving in the U.S. Army for 9 years. ACPA quickly became her source of knowledge, resource, and connection. Donna took advantage of many ACPA institutes and workshops, presented at Convention, and became actively involved in ACPA. Donna has been involved with the  African American Summit, NextGen Conference, Ethics Committee, and on the faculty of the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute. Donna served as the Director of External Relations on the Governing Board before being elected Vice President.  

Before her position at Agnes Scott College, Donna worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., for 12 years in a variety of Student Affairs positions.  A native of New York, she received her B.A. from the University of Tampa and her M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University.

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From the President's Desk

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From the President's Desk

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From the President's Desk

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From the President's Desk

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From the President's Desk

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