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Margaret Burke Lee, American college president, language educator. Ford Foundation fellow, 1969-1973, Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellow, 1975, federal grantee, 1978-1984.


Lee, Margaret Burke was born on December 28, 1943 in San Diego, California, United States. Daughter of Peter John and Margaret Mary (Brown) Burke.


Bachelor summa cum laude, Regis College, 1966. Master of Arts with honors, University Chicago, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1978.

IEM Certified, Harvard University, 1992. IEM Certified, Seminar for New President, 1996.


Assistant to humanities Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1969. Instructor Dover-Sherborn High School, Dover, 1973-1975, Alpena (Michigan) Community College, 1975-1980, dean liberal arts, 1980-1982. Dean instruction Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 1982-1985.

Vice president Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1985-1995, president, since 1995. Member Governor's Task Force on HigherEdn. and Public Agenda. Board directors American Academic Leadership Institute, since 2007.

Member Illinois Governors Task Force. Board member Academic Search, Inc. Secretary, treasurer, member executive committee Illinois Council Community College President.

Chair, community advisory board Northshore University Health Systems. Board directors Academy Search Inc., since 2010. Secretary, treasurer Illinois Council Community College President, since 2010.

Vice chair American Council on International Intercultural Education, 2000^, chair, 2002-2005. Consultant, field faculty Vermont College, Montpelier, 1982-1985. Admissions committee Illinois Math and Science Academy, since 1988.

Board governors North Cook Educational Service Center, 1988-2004, vice chair, 1990-1991, chair, 1992-1994, board directors. Board directors Academic Search Consultant Services, International Chair Academy, American Association Community College, 2000-2003.


Board education District 39, Wilmette, Illinois, 1990-1992, Des Plaines Sister Cities, since 1995. Member 50th annual leadership circuit Sister Cities International. Board directors Illinois Community College Attorney's Association, since 1994.

Member Career Education Planning District, Kalamazoo, 1982, Kalamazoo Forum/Kalamazoo Network, 1982, Needs Assessment Task Force, 1984. Member American Association Community College (board directors 2000-2004, executive committee 2002-2004), American Association Community and Junior Colleges, Michigan Association Community College Instructional Administrators (president 1983-1985), Michigan Occupational Deans Administrators Council (executive board 1983-1985), Michigan Women's Studies Association (honours selection committee 1984), North Central Association Academy Deans (president 1988-1990, consultant evaluator Chicago, since 1982, commissioner-at-large, 1988-1992, commission on institute of higher education board directors since 1992, vice chair, 1996-1998, chair 1998-2001, vice president), Kalamazoo Consortium Higher Education (president's council coordinator committee 1982-1985), Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce (vocational education subcommittee industrial council 1982), North Central Association Academy Deans (vice president, president 1985-1987), Des Plaines C. of Chamber (board directors since 1995).


  • Other Interests

    Quilt collecting, reading, listening to classical music, sports spectating, theatre-going.


Married Donald Harry Lee, June 30, 1973 (deceased June 2002). Children: Katherine Louise, Kristopher Donald.

Peter John Burke

Margaret Mary (Brown) Burke

Donald Harry Lee

Katherine Louise Lee

Kristopher Donald Lee