Lee is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, International Men of Achievement; International Directory of Distinguished Leadership; Who’s Who in American Publishing; Who’s Who in American Education.
- The Steve Allan Individual Award, by United Mental Health, Inc.
- Chancellor’s Award for Public Service
- Meritorious Service Award by American Council on Transplantation
- Howard Blakeslee Award by the American Heart Association for “Outstanding Journalism”
- Golden Eagle Award by Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE), for the film, A Place Just Right
- Recipient of National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
- Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Pittsburgh
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Chatham University