Sandy Lee has worked at Boise State for nearly 30 years and has served under three presidents. Lee graduated from Boise State in 1974 with a degree in Secretarial Science and has watched the university grow from a two-year college to a nationally recognized university with a student population exceeding 20,000.
Lee currently works in the President’s Office as an executive staff assistant and recently sat down with The Arbiter to share her stories and experience of over three decades as a campus fixture.
Q: What jobs have you held over the years on campus?
Lee: I was hired in 1979 and I worked as the secretary to John Kaiser (former Boise State president) and I worked for him for almost a year and a half. Then I quit to have my daughter, stayed home for a year and a half, and then I came back and actually worked part-time for the department of Physics and Engineering. So I worked part-time, had the summers off and then they called me up in 1987 and asked me to come back to the President’s Office and work as the executive assistant to the president. I have pretty much worked in this office for the majority of my time here.
Q: What would you say are some of the biggest changes you have seen here at Boise State?
Lee: Technology. I started out with an electric typewriter where you used carbon paper. I remember the first time we went online with the Internet. It was just the most bizarre thing. I mean it was so exciting to have this new world opened up to you. It used to be that you had to come to campus to attend class. Now you can sit in your living room using distant learning and online classes. It’s just amazing, students just have access to so much information.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Lee: The people. You get to meet so many interesting people. Governors come in here and CEOs; Steve Appleton from Micron, as well as legislators. Every day is just different. There is no one day that is exactly the same and you are in on what goes on here on campus. I love it here. I have worked in other departments but I love it here. They let me work part-time so I could be home with my kids and now I work full-time now that they are married and don’t need me at home.
Q: How many children do you have?
Lee: Two. They are both graduates of Boise State.
Q: What was it like working here while your kids attended school?
Lee: (Laughs) I think they were very nervous that they would see me open up a window and wave to them or sign up for a class with them and sit next to them. (Laughs) But it worked out great.