DCC Archives Dedicated in Honor of College's Third President, Jerry A. Lee


Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – On October 27, Dutchess Community College hosted a ceremony dedicating the College’s archives in honor of Dr. Jerry A. Lee, DCC’s third president who served from 1982 to 1992.

The event was held in the Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library. Dr. Lee’s wife, Lynn, was present for the ceremony, as were all four of their children.

Dr. Lee came to Dutchess from Platte Community College in Columbus, Neb., where he served as president. Following his retirement in 1992, Dr. Lee moved to Punta Gorda, Florida with his wife. He died in September of 2007.

Among Dr. Lee’s accomplishments at Dutchess Community College was the design and construction of the Center for Business and Industry, operational since 1989. The television studios, computer learning center and radio station housed in the building brought programs to DCC off-campus centers around the county, as well as to educational institutions around the state.

Dr. Lee was also responsible for the development of the off-campus learning centers at DCC South in Wappingers Falls and Norrie Point. Other satellite locations followed during Lee’s tenure, including The Thorne Building in Millbrook and several Putnam County sites.

Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. and his doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

The archives house the thousands of documents, artifacts, and photographs that illustrate the growth and development of Dutchess Community College since its founding in 1957. DCC’s buildings, curricula, committee work, and student groups have all undergone huge expansions, and the archives will serve as a repository of the institution’s unique history and culture throughout the years.

For more information, contact DCC Director of Community Relations and Graphics Ann Winfield at (845) 431-8405 .

Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college with more than 50 years of service to the residents of Dutchess County. Visit www.sunydutchess.edu.