John Lee

Faculty Regent (Non-Voting)

Mr. John Lee was appointed by Governor Bill Lee to serve as the Faculty Regent for 2022-2024. The first year he will serve as the non-voting faculty regent and then move to the moving faculty regent position 2023-2024.

Lee came to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton in 2009 as a Certified Master Diesel Technician. In 2015, he was appointed Coordinator of the National Coalition Certification Center. He is responsible for training, testing, and awarding NC3 certificates to students on campus and employees in business and industry. Mr. Lee also oversees one of the five regional training centers in the United States. In 2015, Mr. Lee awarded 1,357 NC3 certifications, the most in the United States. In recognition of this accomplishment, NC3 presented the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton with the Dennis Ludice Memorial Award. Also, in 2015 his Diesel program won the American Technical Education Association program of the year. In 2017, Mr. Lee awarded 1,650 NC3 certifications, and the achievement was recognized at the NC3 Annual Meeting in 2018. Mr. Lee was also awarded the Tennessee Board of Regents SOAR Technical College Staff Member of the year in 2020. 

Mr. Lee is a member of the inaugural class of “TN Trained,” a program designed for workforce development professionals at the College System of Tennessee. This partnership between the State Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Board of Regents College system is designed to provide a system-wide state approach for retaining, growing, and attracting businesses. 

Mr. Lee currently serves as the chair of the SkillsUSA Tennessee Transportation Cluster and is the chair for the SkillsUSA National Transportation Cluster. He received the 2018 SkillsUSA Tennessee Advisor of the Year award.   

He graduated from Nashville Auto/Diesel College, has an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Automotive and Manufacturing from Northeast State Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science in Technical Education from Pittsburgh State University. Among his many accomplishments, he states that he believes his most significant achievement is being married to his wife Samantha for twenty-four years and his two wonderful children, John and Katie.