Distinguished Alumni

1992 - LeRoy R. Lee

Leroy R Lee-1992LeRoy Lee’s involvement in promoting excellence in science teaching is exemplary. Administering special projects such as Science for the Handicapped, Science for the Mainstreamed Physically Handicapped Student, and Women in Science, he has inspired many teachers of science to expand their horizons.

Lee is executive director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. He received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1963 and continued at UW-Madison for additional graduate work. A native of Middleton, Lee previously was the chair of the science department of Madison Metropolitan School District, an instructor at Edgewood College as well as at UW-Superior, and a teacher in the Boyceville and Hawkins high schools.

Active in his profession, Lee has written numerous articles relating to education and research, and has conducted workshops for teachers and administrators on such issues as advanced placement, outdoor education, public relations, fund raising, and leadership development. He has delivered keynote addresses at 15 state science meetings as well as at national events, and is a member of professional organizations including the National Science Teachers Association, of which he was president in 1986-87.

Among his many honors, Lee has been named to the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and Who’s Who in Wisconsin, has received the nation’s Outstanding Science Supervisor Award, the Ron Gibbs Award for Leadership in Science Education, the Outstanding Biology Teacher’s Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Outstanding Secondary Educators of America Award.

Chancellor Gary Thibodeau said that Lee was chosen because of his "continuing leadership in the field of education as evidenced not only while teaching biology, but in service to the profession."