Regis University appoints Janet Lee as dean of Dayton Memorial Library

Donnie VeaseyMay 23, 2013

Regis University has appointed Janet Lee as the Dean of the University’s Dayton Memorial Library. Lee was previously interim dean of libraries and prior to that served as a technical services librarian and an associate professor.

“I am quite excited about the appointment as dean of the Regis Library and I am looking forward to serving our students in meeting all of their information needs,” Lee said. “Little did I know many years ago when I was a work-study student in this very same library that one day I would be the dean. This is a testament that with education and hard work, all things are possible.”

Lee’s extensive career in the library field began in 1967 as a student assistant in the Lafayette Public Library in Lafayette, CO., and later as a student assistant at Regis University’s Dayton Memorial Library in 1972. Following a two year stint with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ethiopia as a TESL teacher, Lee spent two years as a library assistant at Penrose Library at the University of Denver, another year as a librarian at Jefferson County Public Schools, and three years as a cataloger at Community College of Denver – North Campus, before coming back to Regis University in 1982. She also spent fall of 2003 as a shipboard librarian for the Fall Voyage of the Semester at Sea and summer and fall of 2010 at Segenat Children and Youth Library in Mekelle, Ethiopia.

Along the way, she earned two master’s degrees – an MBA with Information Systems emphasis from Regis College and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Denver – as well as a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Regis College.

Her passion and commitment for being in service to others is reflected in her work in Ethiopia, with Escuela de Guadalupe elementary school, Arrupe Jesuit High School and the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society.

“Janet’s combination of professional experience and personal vocation make her the right person for this challenging responsibility,” said Patricia A. Ladewig, provost of Regis University. She holds the respect of colleagues in the regional and national library communities and among her colleagues at other Jesuit universities around the country. She exemplifies a true commitment to the Jesuit mission. I look forward to working with Janet as she leads a dedicated team of library faculty and staff who play such a central role in student learning and faculty scholarship.”

Lee notes that her career at Regis University has allowed her to combine her profession with her passion -- that of international library development and literacy projects both at home and abroad.

“I have had the opportunity to return to Ethiopia where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, sail around the world on a ship, visit wonders of the world such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, and deliver to children the first book that they have ever owned,” Lee said. “As dean, I will be able to further develop these projects and encourage our students to explore their own wonders of the world.“

Donnie Veasey
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