About the Vice President

Matt Lee is the vice president for agriculture and dean of the LSU College of Agriculture. He earned an associate degree from Dutchess Community College in 1992 and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1994. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from LSU in 1996 and 1999 respectively. He also attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University in 2012.

Lee began his career as a tenure-track faculty member in sociology at Mississippi State University, where he was affiliated with the Rural Health, Safety and Security Institute. After five years of service, he was recruited back to LSU and later promoted to full professor in the sociology department in 2008. A criminologist and public health scholar with expertise in rural crime, community resilience and community public health patterns, Lee has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scholarly papers and has dozens of other publications. His funding portfolio includes a National Science Foundation CAREER award focusing on rural crime and serving as the institutional lead on the $9 million multi-institutional Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. He is the recipient of several research recognitions and scholarly honors society memberships.

Prior to joining the AgCenter and College of Ag, he served as interim executive vice president and provost of LSU, vice provost for academic programs and support services, and senior associate vice president in the Office of Research and Economic Development. In addition, he has served in a leadership capacity on statewide committees and task forces responsible for addressing crucial educational and research issues in Louisiana. During his tenure as executive vice president and provost, the university set various enrollment records and an institutional record for research awards. As vice provost, many of the academic support units reporting to Lee broke university achievement records and received national awards and distinctions.

Lee was born and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, and is married to Dr. Margaret “Mimi” Singer Lee.

Matt Lee, Vice President of Agriculture and Dean, LSU College of Agriculture


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