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6/7/2014 7:13:00 AM
Blanchet names student center for former president
Charles Lee
Charles Lee

SALEM — Blanchet Catholic School has named its new student center in honor of Charles Lee, former principal and president of the school in Northeast Salem.

Anthony Guevara, current Blanchet president, and Donna Garaventa and John Salstrom of the board of directors, announced the dedication to  donors, parents and board members attending the annual Archbishop Blanchet Society dinner in May.

The Lee Student Center recognizes Lee’s 16 years as a leader at Blanchet.

He served as president from 1997 until 2013, when he was named president of Mountain West Career Technical Institute.

Lee helped Blanchet triple its enrollment in 10 years and raised more than $20 million for the institution. Improvements during his time include more robust tuition aid and addition of a 10,600-square-foot student that opened in 2012.

Now named for Lee, the building has a cafeteria, study space, socialization area, commercial kitchen and athletic locker rooms.

“I am so pleased that our board of directors has chosen to honor Chuck Lee,” Guevara says. “Chuck's leadership, dedication and passion for Blanchet served as the foundation for our school's success and it is appropriate that his place in the school's history be recognized in this way.”

Kevin Mannix, chairman of the Blanchet board, says Lee came on board when Blanchet was only two years old and helped it grow into excellence.

“The creation of the student center is a reflection of his dynamic leadership,” Mannix says. “Naming the center after Chuck is a great way for us to thank him for his contribution to the development of our wonderful school.”

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