President Conn celebrates 30 years leading Lee University
This year marks the 30th anniversary of President and Mrs. Conn’s time at Lee. Although it is unusual for a president to serve even ten years at a University, for President and Mrs. Conn, this could not be farther from true.
The Church of God Executive Committee appointed President Conn the 18th president of Lee University in 1986. Throughout the last 30 years, there has been a complete transformation of what Lee looks like and exponential growth on the campus.
“I look up to Dr. and Mrs. Conn and am proud to share the legacies of the Lee Singers and Delta Zeta Tau with them,” student Emily Hagan said. “I appreciate all of Dr. and Mrs. Conn’s gifts of service and dedication to this University and to putting God first in all that they do.”
Over the past 30 years, President Conn has helped Lee advance in in every area: enrollment has grown, degree options have increased, athletics have risen to the NCAA Division 2 and new initiatives such as the cross cultural experience and service learning have been implemented.
Since becoming president, President Conn has started and completed many campaigns, with the latest being the “Find Us Faithful” campaign. This initiative, which began five years ago, is a multi-million dollar campaign that includes the new state-of-the-art nursing building as well as the overall development of the southern end of the Lee campus.
Along with advancing the school, President Conn has inspired students through the example that he sets with his actions and words.
“I went to Lee from 1986 to 1990 and was privileged to be one of Dr. Conn’s student workers in the president’s office. He never stopped impressing me with his deep and sincere love for the student body and desire for everyone to be used by God,” alumna Paula Kubitzky Moore said. “Dr. Conn is an amazing man with an amazing family that I love dearly.”
Throughout the past 30 years, students like Hannah Moore have said that President Conn’s transformational leadership has made a lasting impact on their lives.
“Dr. Conn is very inspiring, and the fact he’s been doing this for so long and still motivating students is so cool," Hannah Moore said. "Sometimes it is hard for previous generations to relate to younger generations, but I think he does a quality job with that."