Dr. Henry Lee
University of New Haven students have the opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists, Dr. Henry C. Lee, who has consulted on more than 8,000 criminal cases in 46 countries, including the O.J. Simpson trial and the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.
Lee, who joined University of New Haven’s Forensic Science program nearly four decades ago and helped build it into one of the top programs in the nation, previously served as chief criminalist for the State of Connecticut and director of the Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory. He also serves as the editor of several academic journals and has authored or co-authored more than 30 books.
The University’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences is named in his honor. Recently, the University completed construction of the ultra-modern, $14 million Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science building on campus to conduct advanced forensic research and train law enforcement professionals from around the globe.
“The Institute is a catalyst enabling professionals in the field to work together,” says Lee. “The world then becomes a small community engaged in fighting crime.”
Through the Lee College and the Lee Institute, students have the opportunity to interact with Lee and other renowned forensic science scholars and law enforcement professionals.
“We learn to interpret a scene properly and to recognize patterns of evidence,” says Cassie Boldt ’11, who earned a master’s degree in forensic science before going to work for the St. Louis Police Department. “The technology here is amazing and definitely prepares us for our future careers.”