About Lehigh

John McDowell Leavitt

(1875-1880)

John McDowell Leavitt was an Episcopal clergyman who graduated from Jefferson College and taught at Kenyon College and Ohio University. During his incumbency, Lehigh was divided into two schools, General Literature and Technology. In 1877, the master of arts, doctor of philosophy and doctor of science degrees were established and the Linderman Library rotunda was completed. Asa Packer died in May 1879, and the first Founder's Day was held in his honor the following October.