Alumni Spotlight: Ying Lee, Class of 1973

Ying Lee may live on the other side of the world in Singapore, but her spirit of generosity and innovation resonates strongly at Colorado State University, where her support of the Warner College of Natural Resources and other diverse areas has made a major impact.

Lee was born and raised in Singapore and developed a fascination for forestry while helping out on the family-owned rubber plantation. She followed in the footsteps of her siblings and traveled to the United States for a higher education. After two years at Illinois Wesleyan University pursuing a medical degree, Lee transferred to CSU and changed her major to forest management science.

Lee’s experience at CSU further established her passion for forestry and influenced her entire career. She earned a master’s degree in natural resource management at the University of Georgia in 1976 and, after returning to Singapore, worked in a leadership position with the National Parks Board from 1979-1987 and later as a successful investment adviser and business leader. She continues to lead in her field and enjoys her free time with her husband and family.

Throughout her successful career, CSU has always been close to Lee’s heart. In 2010, her support helped build the foundation of the Conservation Leadership Through Learning initiative, an innovative graduate program led by Warner College’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. The program provides real-world and cross-cultural training that empowers students to meaningfully contribute to solving the environmental challenges of our time.
In 2013, the program was awarded the Western Association of Graduate Schools Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education.
Posted October 10, 2015