2015 Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Hwain Lee T’99 has been an alumni-elected trustee of Drew University since 2010 and recently recommitted to serving for another four years. During her term, she has faithfully advocated for and supported the mission of Drew Theological School. She is founder and president of the Board of Trustees of the Asian Women’s Christian Association. She has been devoted to raising awareness of women’s status in the Asian community. Lee received the Urban Angel award from New York Theological Seminary in 2004 and the Leadership Award from the Asian Women’s Christian Association in 2005. She is an ordained elder at the Bedford Park Presbyterian Church of the Bronx. Lee earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Yale University, before attending Drew, where she earned her Doctor of Ministry degree. She is a research professor of global leadership and spirituality at New York Theological Seminary and has numerous publications including 2009’s Building Capacity for Ministry. She and her husband, William, reside in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and have three children.