Jin K. Lee, C'92, and Jennifer Tod Lee Endow Professorship
Jin K. Lee, C'92, and Jennifer Tod Lee, have endowed a Presidential Professorship with a gift of $1.5 million, including matching funds. The Jin K. Lee Presidential Professorship will be held by a faculty member in Penn Arts & Sciences with a preference for a scholar in the fields of science, technology, or mathematics.
Presidential Professorships are awarded to exceptional scholars, at any rank. Selected on the basis of their achievements, with an emphasis on enhancing the diversity of Penn’s faculty, Presidential Professors enrich the academic community and bring new perspectives to our students and faculty.
“The strength of our faculty is the foundation for Penn’s excellence in research and teaching,” says Penn President Amy Gutmann. “We are enormously grateful to Jin and Jennifer for their exceptional generosity in support of our sustained efforts to build the diverse, preeminent faculty so critical for preparing our students to lead in a global society. The Jin K. Lee Presidential Professorship will have a significant impact on teaching and learning for generations to come.”
“I am honored to create a professorship at my alma mater,” says Jin Lee. “My parents are immigrants to this great country and although they were unable to attend college, their dream was for me to have the opportunity to learn at a place like the University of Pennsylvania. As I approach my 30th reunion, I wanted to do something to honor my parents, and support the institution that gave me the tools I needed to succeed.”
Steven J. Fluharty, Dean and Thomas S. Gates Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, says, “Jin and Jennifer’s gift supports one of our highest priorities in the Power of Penn Arts & Sciences Campaign. I’m thankful for their partnership and eagerly await an appointee who will contribute to our reputation for excellence in the natural sciences.”
Jin Lee graduated from Penn in 1992 with a degree in economics and works as an equity portfolio manager at the Capital Group. He is a former member of the Undergraduate Financial Aid Leadership Council and Southern California Regional Advisory Board. His previous Penn philanthropy includes the Jin Kyu Lee Scholarship and the Lee Family Scholarship.