Message from the Dean

Gary Bischof, DeanWelcome to the Lee Honors College of Western Michigan University! I am thrilled to have begun as the 8th Dean of the College on
January 1, 2017. Founded in 1962, the Lee Honors College is one of the oldest honors colleges in the country. The honors college has grown in recent years to nearly 1,800 students, and many programs and opportunities have been initiated, expanded and enhanced. The college has been fortunate to have had visionary and strong leaders over its history, and I am honored to have the opportunity to continue its tradition of being a beacon of undergraduate academic excellence at WMU.

We have many exciting events and opportunities planned for the spring 2017 semester.  Our Lyceum Lecture series, “Fulfilling America's Promise: Racial Equality and Justice,” comes from a desire to provide students and others with examples of sustained social justice work that is making a difference. The free lectures are held every Wednesday at noon in the honors college lounge starting January 18. Plan to join us for what are sure to be stimulating and inspiring presentations, and read more about the series by visiting our Lyceum Lecture series page. A highlight of the spring lecture series will be an "An Evening with Ms. Sybrina Fulton," activist and mother of Trayvon Martin, which will be held at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

The Lee Honors College strives to provide an exceptional undergraduate experience for high achieving students and the experience of a small college within the benefits of a large public research university. Please peruse our website to learn more about the many opportunities in the college.

Special thanks goes out to Associate Dean Jane Baas who served very capably as Interim Dean of the college these past several months.

Dr. Gary H. Bischof
Dean, Lee Honors College