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Jose Lee-Perez

José Lee-Perez

PhD Student, Higher Education Administration


Jose Lee-Perez (He, His, Él) is originally from Texas. His family moved to East Tennessee when he was at a young age, and he has lived here ever since. As a first-generation college from a Spanish speaking Mexican-American family, he has placed a huge priority on language and how to communicate messages to students.

As of August 2020, José is an Assistant Director in First-Year Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In this position he supports TRNS 201 (transfer seminar for incoming transfer students) and summer initiatives that support the first-year experience at UT. Before his current position, José has held positions with both the Division of Enrollment Management and Division of Student Success (previously Division of Academic Success and Transition) surrounding conversations about access and student success. Before his current position he has supported students one-on-one as a One Stop Counselor, Financial Aid Counselor, and Academic Success Advocate.

Interests and Hobbies: Cooking, binge watching Netflix, walking with his partner in downtown Knoxville during festivals and events


Factors that encourage and facilitate LatinX leadership in higher education; the influence of high impact summer practices and initiatives (before and after the first year); intersectionality of identities; first-year experience, and professional/leadership development for higher education administrators.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Maryville College
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership w/concentration in Student Personnel Leadership, East Tennessee State University


Jose Lee-Perez

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