Painting, Reading, Working Out
Raised in the low-income housing projects of Wilmington, North Carolina, Dr. Lee Everett Monroe was determined not to let his economic status deflect his path towards becoming an education professional and advocate for the higher education of African Americans. The child of a single mother, Dr. Lee Everett Monroe excelled in high school despite financial hardship: as a senior, he was awarded with academic and athletic scholarships at 27 colleges. Many offers were tempting, but Lee Monroe accepted a four-year basketball scholarship at Shaw University, the first African American university in the South. A dedicated academic, he kept his scholarship and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1965. Dr. Lee Everett Monroe began his career improving the lives of children in grammar schools of Proctorville, NC ; since then, he has made it his life to improve entire institutions. Widely respected by both his colleagues and the public, Dr. Lee Everett Monroe holds an impressive list of honors, among them King of Clubs Greater Miami Man of the Year and inclusion in Strive’s South Florida’s Most Influential Blacks feature. In 1970, Dr. Lee Everett Monroe graduated with a Master’s in Guidance Counseling & Industrial Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. In the following nine years, he acted as Regional Educational Specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Director of American Society of Planning Officials. All of these roles furthered Dr. Lee Everett Monroe’s talents for educational administration and propelled him towards the position of Executive Vice President of Shaw University. In his time at Shaw, Dr. Lee Everett Monroe not only facilitated relieving the institution’s $1 million deficit, but also assisted the university in garnering a $250,000 surplus. Since his tenure with Shaw, Dr. Lee Everett Monroe acted as President of Florida Memorial College, Paul Quinn College, and Vorhees College. Each institution saw reduction of debt, vast improvements in capital as well as academics under the watch of Dr. Lee Everett Monroe. His career, speckled with groundbreaking achievements, spans almost 40 years; currently, he resides in his hometown of Wilmington and enjoys the ocean, reads novels by author Ayn Rand, and paints. He has two sons.