Dr. Lee Simmons, Boy Scouts Mid-America Council Person of the Year 2014
The Nebraska Medical Center is proud to support the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council by helping them honor their person of the year, Dr. Lee Simmons. Dr. Simmons is the chairman of the Omaha Zoo Foundation. He was named Director of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo in 1970. Under his vision, the zoo has opened many cutting edge, world-class exhibits including the Lied Jungle, Desert Dome, Kingdoms of the Night, Hubbard Gorilla Valley and the Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, just to name a few. Omaha's zoo has been named among the top five zoos in North America. Under his leadership, Omaha's zoo has grown from 13 employees and a budget of $350,000 to over 250 full-time and 300 part-time employees and a budget of $22,000,000. Under his leadership Omaha's Zoo has become a leader in conservation, research and preservation of endangered species.