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Wayzata’s Jerry Lee, Westbury (N.Y.) High School Graduate, Receives Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award

Jerry Lee, Wayzata, Minn., who was born in Roslyn, N.Y., and grew up in Westbury, N.Y., graduating from Westbury High School, received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

2012-05-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-23-12]

Jerry Lee, Wayzata, Minn., who was born in Roslyn, N.Y., and grew up in Westbury, N.Y., graduating from Westbury High School, received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Lee, who currently runs his own accounting firm and publishing company and also teaches at Metropolitan State University and Northwestern College, is one of 10 2012 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 20 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Humanitarian Awards go to Minnesota State Mankato graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes.

Lee graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting, he got his CPA license and went to work for industry giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. He then went on to serve in prominent financial positions at Honeywell, Rogers Communications, and MCP Publishing. He now runs his own accounting firm, Lee Financial Group, and his own publishing company, Freeman House Publishing, whose first publication was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He also teaches at Metropolitan State University and Northwestern College. In his spare time he started Freeman Speakers Bureau to support the authors of Freeman House Publishing.

Lee also works with a variety of non-profit organizations. He is the founder and first president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. He is also a founding member and treasurer for the board of directors for Nibakure Children’s Village, an organization dedicated to providing orphaned children in Rwanda safe housing, healthcare, education and career training.

Lee is also a passionate advocate for organ donation. After donating a kidney to his wife, Annette, he became actively involved in UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing. He serves on UNOS’ living donor committee and financial committee. Lee sponsors a staff member at Campus Outreach Minneapolis. He also serves on several nonprofit boards that support youth development and has been a volunteer for Big Brother Big Sisters. He has also been active in the Stairstep Foundation, the International Self-Reliance Agency for Women, Quiet Remembrance Foundation, The Transplant House and is a “semi-retired” Sunday School teacher.

Those who want more information about the April 20 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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