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Ephesus Member to Lead Minority Affairs at Ohio State University

By Taashi Rowe

After winning two of The Ohio State University’s most prestigious awards, chairing two departments and many years of teaching under her belt, it came as no surprise that Valerie Lee (pictured), PhD, was recently appointed interim vice provost for Minority Affairs at the university.

“I am deeply appreciative of having Valerie in this leadership position,” said Joe Alutto, executive vice president and provost for the university. “I look forward to working with her in her new role as we move forward with the important work of diversity at The Ohio State University.”

Lee, a member of Allegheny West Conference’s Ephesus church in Columbus, has been at the university since 1991 and was promoted to full professor in 1998. She was elected chair of the Department of Women’s Studies from 2000-02, then elected chair of the Department of English in 2002, where she served until this past October. In addition, she chaired the university diversity council for several years, chaired the university senate’s faculty compensation and benefits committee and served on the senate’s diversity committee as well as more than 50 other committees. She also is a past president of the National Association of Departments of English. All of her service earned her the Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service in 2006. A widely published author, Lee has taught all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses and won the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1993.