The Lee University Board of Directors has awarded promotion in rank from associate professor to professor to four faculty members.
Those faculty promoted to professor include Dr. Shane Griffith, Dr. Hermilo Jasso, Dr. Brad Moffett, and Dr. Sara Ortega.
Dr. Griffith, a Lee alumnus and professor of business, teaches Business Analytics, Futures and Options, and Strategic Management. He worked as an actuarial analyst for six years before returning to his alma mater in 2002 to teach. He serves as director for Lee’s Master of Business Administration program and as associate dean of Lee’s School of Business.
Dr. Griffith also serves on the board of directors for a local non-profit organization and is a member of the institutional review board for a local hospital. In 2009, he won Lee’s Excellence in Advising Award, and later won Lee’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. He earned his Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, his Master of Advanced Studies from Georgia State University, and his Bachelor of Science from Lee.
Dr. Jasso joined Lee’s business faculty in 1987 after a successful stint in the business world, working as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch and as a financial analyst for Metropolitan Life. He has been listed multiple times in “Who’s Who Among American Entrepreneurs,” “Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans,” “Who’s Who Among American Teachers,” “Who’s Who in North America Education,” “Sutton Who’s Who in Academia,” and “Two Thousand Notable American Men.”
A popular classroom lecturer, Dr. Jasso customarily teaches Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Investments, Social Issues in Economics, and International Business. He was the first recipient of the Janet Rahamut Faculty Award and has been a guest lecturer at multiple universities around the world as well as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a United States Department of Defense Institution. Dr. Jasso received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Universidad De La Empresa, Uruguay, his Master of Business Administration from Laredo State University, and his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Lee.
Dr. Moffett, professor of music and director of graduate studies in music, joined Lee’s School of Music in the fall of 2006. He also serves as director of LeeU Worship and conductor of the Lee University Singers. During the past 11 years at Lee, Dr. Moffett has conducted more than 400 concerts with the Lee Singers throughout the United States and in Russia, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, Zambia, and South Africa. He has produced 15 music recordings with the Lee University Singers, Second Edition, LeeU Worship, and the Mount Paran North New Life Singers.
Dr. Moffett was honored by the National Religious Week Association as one of the Top Fifteen Ministers of Music during his tenure at the Mount Paran North Church of God in Marietta, Georgia, and he has received two Dove Award nominations for the SpiritSound recordings, “He is Great” and “One.” He earned his Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, his Master of Music from Georgia State University, and his Bachelor of Music Education from Lee.
Dr. Ortega-Higgs, professor of Spanish and French, joined the Lee family in 2005, her first teaching appointment in the continental United States. She is a believer in social justice and works as a translator for the Zion Project, a non-profit organization that fights for human rights and rescues sex trafficking victims. She also voluntarily translates medical and legal documents for families seeking to adopt children with disabilities overseas. A member of Lee’s Diversity Committee, Dr. Ortega-Higgs played a role in starting the celebrations of International Women’s Day (IWD) at the university in 2007. She has chaired the IWD committee for six years and participates each year.
A student of languages, Dr. Ortega-Higgs earned her PhD in Hispanic studies from the University of Puerto Rico and her PhD in romance languages studies from the Université Stendhal in Grenoble. She also earned her postgraduate diploma, her MA in Spanish literature, and her BA in Spanish and Latin-American literatures and civilizations from the Université Stendhal in Grenoble.