Sen. Howard Lee, founder of the Howard N. Lee Institute, was honored June 26 by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) for his 24 years of service to the organization. The SREB works to improve the quality of education in 16 states from Texas to Maryland.
Sen. Lee was initially appointed to the SREB Legislative Advisory Council in 1992 by Gov. Jim Hunt and to the group’s board of trustees in 1999. He was reappointed to the board by Gov. Mike Easley and by Gov. Beverly Perdue.
During his tenure, he served as a member of the board’s Executive Committee and as chairman of the Finance Committee.
Said Sen. Lee: “Of all the organizations with which I have been affiliated, SREB has given me the greatest satisfaction. In the early 90s, our education systems throughout the South and, especially, in the 16 SREB States were performing far behind the nation. Today, most of our state schools and higher education institutions are performing close to systems throughout the nation. I feel blessed to have had this opportunity and feel privileged and honored to have served.”