DATE:  December 14, 2007       
CONTACT: Marshall Collins 361.825.2427; or Karen Selim 361.825.2763

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alumnus Woo Sung Lee
Donates Property on South Alameda Street for Welcome Center

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Long-time benefactor and alumnus Woo Sung Lee today donated more than a quarter acre of property on South Alameda Street to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The property will be the home of The University’s new welcome center which will be named after Lee, a 1959 graduate of the University of Corpus Christi. Although there is no date set for completion of the welcome center, the facility will house the University’s alumni relations operation and some development functions.

Following graduation, Lee went into the restaurant business. After creating a special seafood batter recipe, he turned his one fast-food establishment into a highly-successful chain of “Boat-N-Net” Restaurants.

This is not the first major gift Lee has given to the University. In 2001, he gave the resources for the creation of Lee Plaza, a garden spot where students can study or just relax between classes. The sanctuary is a testament to Lee’s memories of his University days as well as a memorial to his late son, Yongnam Lee.

In 1999, Lee established a scholarship fund at the University, and in 2004 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his volunteer efforts and financial contributions to A&M-Corpus Christi. He has also been honored by the President’s Council and his photograph placed on the Donor Wall of Honor Silver Inner Circle of Excellence for his gifts to the University’s scholarship and building funds.