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Posted : 2013-06-12 16:35
Updated : 2013-06-12 16:35

Lee becomes first Asian provost at Princeton

David Sang-yoon Lee
By Kwon Ji-youn

David Sang-yoon Lee, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, will become provost of the school next month.

Lee will become the first Asian to occupy this position since the university was established 267 years ago. He is to replace Christopher Eisgruber who was named president of the university.

"I came to realize that serving as provost would be a fantastic way in which to serve Princeton," Lee said. "I am very excited to take on the challenge."

The provost, who works right under the president, is responsible for administrative coordination and will serve as the university's chief academic and budgetary officer.

Lee's term of office will begin on July 1.

He has also worked as director of the Industrial Relations Section.

A Korean-Canadian, Lee graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in economics, and received his master's and doctoral degrees at Princeton.

He began teaching economics at Princeton in 2007 after serving as professor at Columbia University and assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

"When I returned to Princeton as a faculty member, I had little else on my mind except research, teaching and advising," Lee said. "I have been continually inspired by my colleagues' scholarly achievements, their dedication to Princeton and its mission, as well as their service to the nation."

Lee earned the appreciation and trust of President-elect Eisgruber during his time at Princeton. As a result, Eisgruber expressed confidence that Lee will become a "superb provost."

"I am delighted that David Lee has agreed to serve as Princeton's next provost," Eisgruber said. "He is an outstanding scholar whose experiences as both a student and a faculty member at Princeton have given him a deep appreciation for the defining values of this University."

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