On April 18, 2012, Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin issued a Governor's Commendation for Dean Sul H. Lee. It reads:
Governor's Commendation is hereby presented to Sul H. Lee in recognition of 34 years of service to The University of Oklahoma. Your more than 50 years of service as a librarian and library educator, your leadership in national organizations, your promotion of continuing education opportunities, your years as editor of the Journal of Library Administration, and your successful fundraising endeavors have improved the profession for years to come. Please accept my appreciation for your efforts and my personal best wishes for your future endeavors.