Brandon Lee has been named the University of Notre Dame’s Director of Student-Athlete Professionalism. Lee joins the Irish after serving as a Discovery Officer at the University of Colorado since July of 2021.
“Helping student-athletes to develop as professionals is a critical component of our overall commitment to help student-athletes maximize their personal growth at Notre Dame,” said Claire VeNard, Associate Athletic Director of the GLD Center. “Brandon’s experience as a Division I football student-athlete, his leadership involvement at the NCAA level, and his educational foundation in finance and business have primed him to excel as a resource for Fighting Irish student-athletes in this dimension of their growth. We are thrilled to welcome him to the GLD Center team! ”
In this role, Lee will be responsible for designing and delivering best in class education and resources to empower student-athletes to maximize Name, Image, Likeness & Idea opportunities, develop and effectively communicate their professional image, and enhance their financial knowledge and skill set.
“I feel humbled and honored for the opportunity to help serve the student-athlete community, particularly at such a prestigious academic institution,” said Lee. “My life was transformed through my student-athlete experience , and I aspire to pay forward that same opportunity while here at the University of Notre Dame. I would like to express my appreciation to Jack Swarbrick and the GLD Center team for the opportunity to serve our student-athletes in this capacity. I am thankful to be a part of the Irish family.”
Lee managed a portfolio of over 100 donors on the major gift and annual giving level at Colorado where he raised over $50,000 in a 2-month time period. As part of his role he assisted with special events for donor and alumni related engagement as well as serving as the head of stewardship and donor relations for football operations. He served as a Special Projects Assistant at the University of Colorado prior to serving as a Discovery Officer.
Prior to Lee’s roles at the University of Colorado, he served as a Post-Graduate Intern with the NCAA as a member of the Academic and Membership Affairs team. Within this group Lee served as support staff for committees within the NCAA such as the Committee on Academics, Strategic Vision and Planning, Advocacy and Communications Team Charter, and the Educational Column Project.
From 2019-2020, Lee represented the Southeastern Conference on behalf of Division I student-athletes on the NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group and was one of just three student-athletes invited to participate in the Group. In this role, he provided input as a former student-athlete on how to properly compensate student-athletes for their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) while maintaining the NCAA’s core values and amateur status. He also helped design an educational program for student-athletes which included business practices and financial literacy essential to helping them maximize new NIL opportunities.
Lee is a 2018 and 2020 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in personal finance and a Masters of Business Administration. During his time with the Tigers, Lee was a football student-athlete from 2014-2018 and also served on the SEC Leadership Council during his senior spring semester.
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