- Lee said that the visionaries – not the reactionaries – won the battle between the Old South and the New South. "Our institution’s founders embarked 125 years ago in the right direction."
- He concluded: "And so, in our 125th year, we begin and we begin right now."
Winthrop University, "History Professor Recalls Early Days Facing Winthrop" (2010). Winthrop News 2010. 118.