Korean American Professor Named Princeton’s First Asian American Provost

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 David S. Lee, a professor of economics and public affairs, was appointed provost at Princeton University, making him the first Asian American elevated to the administrative post.

Lee will take over for Christopher L. Eisgruber, who was elected to be the prestigious university’s next president.

As provost, Lee will serve as the school’s chief academic and budgetary officer, and will be responsible for coming up with long-term plans for the university. The former president of Harvard University, Neil L. Rudenstine, and the president of the University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann, both previously served as provosts at Princeton.

Professor Lee, who will begin his term on July 1, earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He previously taught economics at Harvard, U.C. Berkeley and Columbia University.