About Lehigh

Peter Likins

(1982-1997)

Peter Likins, who earned a B.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford and an M.S. from MIT and served as provost at Columbia University before becoming Lehigh’s president, sought to complete what he called the "transformation" of Lehigh that began under Deming Lewis. In 1997, the university dedicated the $33-million Zoellner Arts Center; the Rauch Business Center (1990) became home to the College of Business and Economics; and, in 1986, Lehigh doubled its size with the purchase of the 800-acre Mountaintop Campus. In 1988, the university replaced Taylor Stadium with the Murray H. Goodman Stadium. The E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computing Center (1985) gave Lehigh one of the most automated libraries anywhere, and Lehigh installed one of the nation's first university telecommunications systems, wiring all university buildings and residences to give students and faculty access to the Internet.