The Hunt Institute Announces New Board of Directors Member

August 1, 2019

Durham, NC—Former North Carolina Senator, Michael Lee, has joined The Hunt Institute’s Board of Directors. Established in 2001, The Hunt Institute is a nonprofit that honors the legacy of James B. Hunt, Jr., the former governor of North Carolina who distinguished himself as an ardent champion of education.

“We are delighted to have Michael join our Board of Directors and look forward to his contributions,” said Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., Chairman, The Hunt Institute. “Michael is a leader in North Carolina who brings an important understanding of public policy, especially in education. His expertise will be invaluable to The Hunt Institute.”

While in the Senate, Lee chaired the Education Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Legislative Ethics Committee. As Chair of the Education Committee, Lee chaired The Hunt Institute’s 2018 Holshouser Legislators Retreat, which brings together North Carolina policymakers, state and national research experts, and education practitioners for candid dialogue about critical issues on public education.

“I am excited to be joining The Hunt Institute’s Board,” said Senator Michael Lee. “I look forward to working alongside the other Institute Board Members to help The Institute continue to drive educational improvements both here in North Carolina and on the national level.”

Lee is also a member of the fifth Cohort of The Institute’s Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows program. The Fellows program seeks to partner with senior-level state leaders who have the knowledge, skill, and will to be effective, reform-minded education policymakers. The program exposes Fellows to the best research and analysis on innovative policies and practices.

Prior to his service in the NC Senate, Lee served on the NC Board of Transportation and chaired the NC Ports Authority Board of Directors. Lee currently practices law in Wilmington, NC where he represents developers of office, retail, industrial, and residential projects.

“Senator Lee is an accomplished state leader who represents The Institute’s values and we will benefit from his insights, judgment and counsel,” said The Hunt Institute President & CEO, Javaid Siddiqi.

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