NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The first fully endowed professorship at Iona College is going to analytical chemistry professor Sunghee Lee.
The board of trustees at Iona College launched the program as part of the college’s strategic plan, Advancing Our Legacy and Defining Our Future, and its comprehensive fundraising campaign, Iona Forever, according to a press release. The honor also will carry a stipend, additional funds for research and scholarly activity, along with the title of Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor in Science, according to the release.
Lee joins Elena Procario-Foley as a holder of a named professorship at Iona. Procario-Foley, associate professor of religious studies and religious studies department chair, was named the Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies in 1998.
“I congratulate Dr. Lee on this most deserving honor, which underlines the importance of supporting and recognizing outstanding faculty members who dedicate their life’s work to our students elevating the college and contributing significantly to their disciplines,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre.
Lee received her Ph.D. from Brown University in inorganic/analytical chemistry and completed postdoctoral studies at Texas A&M and Duke universities. She teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis. Her research involves the chemistry of soft materials with an emphasis on their interfaces and surfaces, directed toward crystal engineering and materials design needed for the development of advanced functional materials, according to the release.
“Dr. Lee serves as a model faculty member who blends excellent teaching with original research and provides her students with the opportunity to collaborate with her on significant projects in her lab,” said Michael Marsden, Iona’s acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
"Supporting our professors and their work is vital for the sustained excellence of Iona College — and a strong, engaged faculty is a key contributing factor in recruiting promising students and producing superior graduates,” said James P. Hynes, chairman of Iona’s board of trustees.