Bill Lee Honored with Harvard Medal for Extraordinary Service to the University

Bill Lee Honored with Harvard Medal for Extraordinary Service to the University

On April 20, 2022, The Harvard Alumni Association recognized Bill Lee with the 2022 Harvard Medal. The honor, first awarded in 1981, is given to alumni, former faculty and staff, and members of organizations connected with the University who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Harvard in areas including teaching, fundraising, leadership, innovation, administration and volunteerism.

Lee, a member of the class of ’72, has been a member of the Harvard Corporation since 2010 – he has served as its senior fellow from 2014, and served on the Board of Overseers from 2002 to 2008. Additionally, he helped usher in a range of historic governance reforms and was instrumental in the University’s last two presidential searches. Lee has chaired the Corporation Committee on governance and has been a leading member of its committees on appointments, facilities, and capital planning, and shareholder responsibility, as well as the governing boards’ joint committee on inspection. While an Overseer, he was vice chair of the board’s executive committee and chair of its finance, administration, and management committee. Lee has also taught as a visiting professor and lecturer at Harvard Law School. Lee is a past member of visiting committees for Harvard Law School and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and of the board of directors of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Specializing in intellectual property, Lee is a nationally renowned trial and appellate lawyer. Beyond representing clients in several high-profile technology cases, Lee served as lead trial counsel for Harvard in litigation challenging aspects of Harvard College’s admissions practices.

Lee and the other recipients will be honored during the Harvard Alumni Day celebration on June 3.


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