Christopher D. Lee
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Virginia Community College System
Dr. Christopher D. Lee is a self-described HR evangelist and a leading authority on the search committee process. He believes that artful application of progressive human resources principles and practices is the answer to most organizational challenges. His background includes having served as the chief human resources officer for four institutions of higher learning-Georgia Highlands College (formerly Floyd College), Southern Polytechnic State University, Bates College, and the Virginia Community College System. He has taught as an adjunct professor of HR at several institutions during his career, including Lewiston-Auburn College of the University of Southern Maine and the University of Richmond.
He is a former question writer for the PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) examinations administered by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). He is the author of numerous human resources-related articles, chapters, and three books, including Performance Conversations: An Alternative to Appraisals and Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff and Administrative Searches. He recently completed the manuscript for his fourth book, tentatively titled, Performance Questions: 7 Answers, 30Minutes, Unlimited Results.
Chris's first book, Search Committees: A Tool Kit for Human Resources Professionals, Administrators, and Committee Members, earned the 2001 Kathryn Hansen publication award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Since that time, he was an invited contributor to the second edition of the seminal work in the field-the Search Committee Handbook by Ted Marchese and Jane Fiori Lawrence; he provided search committee training to more than 1,000 human resource professionals; and he consulted with dozens of colleges and universities on the search committee process. He is the proprietor of www.SearchCommittees.com, a website that is an online repository of hundreds of resources and training materials on the search committee process designed to train and empower search committees.
Chris has presented at conferences and consulted with clients in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa on search committee or performance management-related topics. He is a graduate of Auburn, Golden Gate, and Georgia State universities. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Additionally, Chris is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves.