University of Idaho Alumni Association Honors Taiwanese University President

Friday, June 12 2009

June 12, 2009

Written by Jeff Olson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Alumni Association will honor alumnus Ming-Jen Lee with a Silver and Gold Award. The award recognizes Idaho alumni who have a distinguished record of achievement and service in their specialized areas of endeavor, thus bringing honor and recognition to the university.

Lee is president of National Chiayi University in Chiayi City, Taiwan. The university was formed in February 2000 by merging the National Chiayi Institute of Technology and National Chiayi Teachers College. By integrating the two colleges, National Chiayi University is one of the few universities in southwest Taiwan to offer programs in life science, agriculture, business administration, natural science, engineering, humanities and education. The university has six colleges with more than 29 graduate institutes and 37 departments on four campuses.

Lee earned a doctoral degree in forest science at Idaho in 1975. His more than 30-year career in higher education in Taiwan includes teaching and research in the areas of silviculture, forest pathology and tree breeding. In 2002, he helped to establish a cooperative agreement with the University of Idaho that has resulted in reciprocal visits by faculty and students at Idaho and National Chiayi University. Lee was named president of the university in 2005, and previously served as vice president.

The Silver and Gold Award will be presented to Lee during his visit to the University of Idaho campus later this month.
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