Annual Report 2016
A Bold Step Forward

Letter From the President and Chairman of the Board

Since our founding by the Honorable Asa Packer in 1865, the constant strength and bedrock of Lehigh University has been our unwavering commitment to providing our students with an education that is purposeful in intent and wide-ranging in application by fusing the theoretical with the practical. The ethos of our University is grounded in the singular and exceptional ability to embrace and overtake the challenges of the day while continuing to prepare our students for a complex and unpredictable future. Against the backdrop of often turbulent times, Lehigh has evolved and endured. We never lose sight of and focus constantly on our mission: to provide our students with excellence in education, to engage them in the advancement of knowledge, and to help them develop the capacity and skills to grow as people who will do creative, innovative and constructive work in the world and be of service to mankind.

As we move to the next chapter in our history, we are committing to a comprehensive and bold plan. We will expand our graduate and undergraduate student body, improve and further develop the campus landscape, reinforce our ties with the local community and build upon our existing strengths in the arts and sciences, business and economics, engineering, education while supplementing all with expanded focus on health. In the pages of this report, you will read more about our goals, aspirations and our plan all against the backdrop of the much that occurred and was accomplished during the past year.

At the close of the Civil War, faced with the need to heal and make better our Nation, our founder re-envisioned the mission and purpose of higher education. He established on South Mountain an institution dedicated to providing future leaders with a diversity of lifelong tools, skills, training and discipline. Now, more than 150 years later, we have designed and are launching a plan for our beloved Lehigh that is bold and ambitious. Our goal is to continue to best develop generations of graduates who will lead, innovate and solve the problems at hand and those yet to be revealed. We have every confidence that we are up to the challenge. 

Lehigh will shine, illuminating the path to and serving as a beacon for the brightest of tomorrows.

John D. SimonJOHN D. SIMONPRESIDENT
Brad Eric SchelerBRAD ERIC SCHELER ’74, ’05P, ’08P, ’09PGCHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Year in Review

Explore highlights from the last year, including significant achievements and major events involving the Lehigh community.

Seen & Heard

A number of influential speakers came to Lehigh to share words of wisdom.

Marty Baron
"I hope it causes everybody, people in the press and the public generally, to listen to people who have fallen into the margins of society or been pushed into the margins of society ... they have something important to say."
Marty Baron '76, '76G, '14H, who graduated from Lehigh with a bachelor's in journalism and an MBA, speaking to a Lehigh audience following a special screening of Spotlight, a film chronicling The Boston Globe's probe into the Catholic Church's cover-up of clergy sex abuse. Spotlight went on to win two Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
"Some people get up every day, look in the mirror and see George Clooney. If you don't have self-awareness, you can't possibly manage disappointment, and your career development will be compromised."
Legendary Wall Street financier Joseph R. Perella '64, who offered encouragement to Lehigh's Class of 2016 at the May 2016 commencement ceremony.
"I am continuously awed by the courage, tenacity and political brilliance of those who cling to nonviolence. And what a tragedy it is that that lesson is not more widely appreciated."
Nationally renowned historian and author Taylor Branch, who came to Lehigh in September 2016 to discuss voting rights.
"I come from a tradition of people who often put a high value on the moral and spiritual dimension of being human. I am who I am because I was loved. I was cared for. I grew up in a ghetto but it was a neighborhood - not a hood."
Activist, educator and prominent public intellectual Cornel West, who delivered the Tresolini Lecture in April 2016.
"Democrats believe that we have to have caring. Republicans believe that we have responsibility. And that's the argument - caring, responsibility, caring, responsibility, over and over and over. The truth is we need both."
Former U.S. Senator, Olympian, and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley, who delivered the Kenner Lecture.
"For me, when I reached 65, that was only the beginning. That's more than 20 years ago, and I've done my best work since then. I've had more time to work on it."
Mildred Dresselhaus, the 86-year old renowned physicist from MIT, who came to Lehigh to share the lessons learned from a long and successful career.

Seen & Heard

A number of influential speakers came to Lehigh to share words of wisdom.

  • "I hope it causes everybody, people in the press and the public generally, to listen to people who have fallen into the margins of society or been pushed into the margins of society ... they have something important to say."
    Marty Baron '76, '76G, '14H, who graduated from Lehigh with a bachelor's in journalism and an MBA, speaking to a Lehigh audience following a special screening of Spotlight, a film chronicling The Boston Globe's probe into the Catholic Church's cover-up of clergy sex abuse. Spotlight went on to win two Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
  • "For me, when I reached 65, that was only the beginning. That's more than 20 years ago, and I've done my best work since then. I've had more time to work on it."
    Mildred Dresselhaus, the 86-year old renowned physicist from MIT, who came to Lehigh to share the lessons learned from a long and successful career.
  • "Democrats believe that we have to have caring. Republicans believe that we have responsibility. And that's the argument - caring, responsibility, caring, responsibility, over and over and over. The truth is we need both."
    Former U.S. Senator, Olympian, and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley, who delivered the Kenner Lecture.
  • "I come from a tradition of people who often put a high value on the moral and spiritual dimension of being human. I am who I am because I was loved. I was cared for. I grew up in a ghetto but it was a neighborhood - not a hood."
    Activist, educator and prominent public intellectual Cornel West, who delivered the Tresolini Lecture in April 2016.
  • "I am continuously awed by the courage, tenacity and political brilliance of those who cling to nonviolence. And what a tragedy it is that that lesson is not more widely appreciated."
    Nationally renowned historian and author Taylor Branch, who came to Lehigh in September 2016 to discuss voting rights.
  • "Some people get up every day, look in the mirror and see George Clooney. If you don't have self-awareness, you can't possibly manage disappointment, and your career development will be compromised."
    Legendary Wall Street financier Joseph R. Perella '64, who offered encouragement to Lehigh's Class of 2016 at the May 2016 commencement ceremony.

2015-16 Highlights

  • 2015 October
  • 2015 November
  • 2016 February
  • 2016 March
  • 2016 April
  • 2016 May
  • 2016 August
  • 2016 October
  • 2016 December
Students riding on an elephant

2015 October

Lehigh’s Monica Miller and James Peterson were keynote presenters at the first “Black Lives Matter” conference in the United Kingdom. The conference took place in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the UK Race Relations Act and the American Civil Rights Movement during Black History Month.

Lehigh’s department of materials science and engineering celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding. The featured speaker was former astronaut Terry J. Hart ’68, now a professor of practice at Lehigh.

The Tauck Scholars Program celebrated 20 years. It was founded by Arthur Tauck ’53 as a way to allow rising seniors in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) to complete an international summer internship.

Students walking on campus

2015 November

Lehigh was named a recipient of the 2015 TIPS Award of Excellence by Health Communications, Inc., provider of the Training for Intervention Procedures program (TIPS) that helps students make sound decisions regarding alcohol use.

Lehigh announced a new financial aid initiative that will see the university meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated financial need.

Students at United Nations

2016 February

Four Lehigh students and their professor presented at the United Nations’ First International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, alongside diplomats, politicians, educators and other leaders. Lehigh co-sponsored the event, a connection that came about through the Lehigh-United Nations Partnership, which brings students and faculty to the UN.

Students sitting in the Women's Center

2016 March

Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics launched a new one-year Master’s in Business Administration program that aims to help students from diverse employment backgrounds transform themselves into future business leaders.

The Women’s Center celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Students participating in the Hackathon

2016 April

Through LehighHacks, a high-energy, student-driven hackathon, students worked in teams to create unique solutions to problems in the areas of financial technology, smart environments and social apps. Roughly 150 students participated in the highly collaborative, 24-hour event.

Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics and president of operations and strategy of NBC Sports Group, delivered the keynote presentation at the first Data X Symposium on Friday, April 1, in the Herbert A. Roemmele ’53 Global Commons in Williams Hall.

Teacher and student at Centennial School

2016 May

Georgette Chapman Phillips, the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business and Economics, was selected from a competitive field of national nominees as an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow. She joined 26 other fellows from around the country at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qualities of Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation.

Lehigh's commencement ceremony was held for 1,159 undergraduates in the Class of 2016, who hailed from 39 states and 16 countries. There were also 519 students who received master’s degrees and 80 who received doctoral degrees.

The College of Education marked 100 years of education at Lehigh, its 50 years as a College and 50 years of the highly regarded Centennial School for children with educational disabilities.

Students gathering on campus

2016 August

The more than 1,250 members of the Class of 2020 were welcomed to the Lehigh campus. The class represents 40 states and 30 countries. New countries represented include Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Oman and Portugal.

Golden Gate Bridge

2016 October

Lehigh announced a Western Regional Office geared toward engaging alumni, corporations, and prospective students/guidance counselors throughout the region. Located in San Mateo, Calif., the office will extend educational opportunities for students and faculty by building curricular and research enterprises in key West Coast regions.

Lehigh hosted its fourth annual conference in philosophy, hosting 26 scholars from 22 universities in the U.S. and two from overseas. The theme for this year’s conference was “19th Century Philosophy: 1781-1905.”

Students walking by University Center

2016 December

Lehigh joined 29 other colleges and universities in a new initiative to increase the number of talented lower- and moderate-income students attending the institutions with the highest graduation rates in the United States. Through the American Talent Initiative (ATI), which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the 30 public and private institutions seek to enroll and support lower-income students and to conduct research that will help other schools expand opportunities.

2015 October

Lehigh’s Monica Miller and James Peterson were keynote presenters at the first “Black Lives Matter” conference in the United Kingdom. The conference took place in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the UK Race Relations Act and the American Civil Rights Movement during Black History Month.

Lehigh’s department of materials science and engineering celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding. The featured speaker was former astronaut Terry J. Hart ’68, now a professor of practice at Lehigh.

The Tauck Scholars Program celebrated 20 years. It was founded by Arthur Tauck ’53 as a way to allow rising seniors in the College of Business and Economics (CBE) to complete an international summer internship.

2015 November

Lehigh was named a recipient of the 2015 TIPS Award of Excellence by Health Communications, Inc., provider of the Training for Intervention Procedures program (TIPS) that helps students make sound decisions regarding alcohol use.

Lehigh announced a new financial aid initiative that will see the university meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated financial need.

2016 February

Four Lehigh students and their professor presented at the United Nations’ First International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, alongside diplomats, politicians, educators and other leaders. Lehigh co-sponsored the event, a connection that came about through the Lehigh-United Nations Partnership, which brings students and faculty to the UN.

2016 March

Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics launched a new one-year Master’s in Business Administration program that aims to help students from diverse employment backgrounds transform themselves into future business leaders.

The Women’s Center celebrated its 25th anniversary.

2016 April

Through LehighHacks, a high-energy, student-driven hackathon, students worked in teams to create unique solutions to problems in the areas of financial technology, smart environments and social apps. Roughly 150 students participated in the highly collaborative, 24-hour event.

Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics and president of operations and strategy of NBC Sports Group, delivered the keynote presentation at the first Data X Symposium on Friday, April 1, in the Herbert A. Roemmele ’53 Global Commons in Williams Hall.

2016 May

Georgette Chapman Phillips, the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business and Economics, was selected from a competitive field of national nominees as an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow. She joined 26 other fellows from around the country at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qualities of Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation.

Lehigh's commencement ceremony was held for 1,159 undergraduates in the Class of 2016, who hailed from 39 states and 16 countries. There were also 519 students who received master’s degrees and 80 who received doctoral degrees.

The College of Education marked 100 years of education at Lehigh, its 50 years as a College and 50 years of the highly regarded Centennial School for children with educational disabilities.

2016 August

The more than 1,250 members of the Class of 2020 were welcomed to the Lehigh campus. The class represents 40 states and 30 countries. New countries represented include Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Oman and Portugal.

2016 October

Lehigh announced a Western Regional Office geared toward engaging alumni, corporations, and prospective students/guidance counselors throughout the region. Located in San Mateo, Calif., the office will extend educational opportunities for students and faculty by building curricular and research enterprises in key West Coast regions.

Lehigh hosted its fourth annual conference in philosophy, hosting 26 scholars from 22 universities in the U.S. and two from overseas. The theme for this year’s conference was “19th Century Philosophy: 1781-1905.”

2016 December

Lehigh joined 29 other colleges and universities in a new initiative to increase the number of talented lower- and moderate-income students attending the institutions with the highest graduation rates in the United States. Through the American Talent Initiative (ATI), which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the 30 public and private institutions seek to enroll and support lower-income students and to conduct research that will help other schools expand opportunities.

Faculty Distinctions

Kelly Schultz, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, recently received a three-year grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how cells remodel their natural environment - a crucial step toward engineering cells that can speed through synthetic materials to enable faster wound healing and tissue generation.
L. Brook Sawyer, assistant professor of teaching, learning and technology, received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to develop and assess the promise of the Parents Plus: Language Coach online tool.
Lee Kern, professor of special education, received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to adapt Tier 2 behavior interventions for elementary school children.
Robin Hojnoski, associate professor of school psychology, was awarded $134,615 in IES funding to help develop measures to monitor progress in early literacy among preschoolers.
Professor Dan Frangopol was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to provide funds to pursue stochastic and multi-criteria optimization research to provide needed knowledge for the development of an integrated risk- and sustainability-informed decision making framework for optimum life-cycle management of civil infrastructure systems considering climate change. He was also recently elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. He will help the Royal Academy's Technical Sciences class expand into sustainability and infrastructure resilience - two areas in which his research and expertise are internationally recognized.
Parveen Gupta, the William L. Clayton Distinguished Professor of Accounting and former chair of the accounting department, has received the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)'s Outstanding Educator Award. The award is given to university accounting educators who have distinguished themselves in the classroom through "instructional innovations, student and peer evaluations and active engagement in practical learning opportunities for students."
Nelson Tansu, the Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Tansu is widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers and inventors in the field of semiconductor optoelectronics materials and devices, and his works have vastly improved the lighting emitters, lasers for telecommunications, and device technologies for energy efficiency.
Marcos Pires, assistant professor of chemistry, is one of three recipients of the inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award for “exceptional researchers.” Pires is exploring one promising route for combating bacterial infections by allowing the immune system to do the dirty work. This novel technique takes a page out of the cancer treatment playbook, as immunotherapy is widely seen as among the most promising of emerging anti-cancer strategies.

Faculty Distinctions

  • Nelson Tansu, the Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Tansu is widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers and inventors in the field of semiconductor optoelectronics materials and devices, and his works have vastly improved the lighting emitters, lasers for telecommunications, and device technologies for energy efficiency.
  • Kelly Schultz, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, recently received a three-year grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how cells remodel their natural environment - a crucial step toward engineering cells that can speed through synthetic materials to enable faster wound healing and tissue generation.
  • Marcos Pires, assistant professor of chemistry, is one of three recipients of the inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award for “exceptional researchers.” Pires is exploring one promising route for combating bacterial infections by allowing the immune system to do the dirty work. This novel technique takes a page out of the cancer treatment playbook, as immunotherapy is widely seen as among the most promising of emerging anti-cancer strategies.
  • Professor Dan Frangopol was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to provide funds to pursue stochastic and multi-criteria optimization research to provide needed knowledge for the development of an integrated risk- and sustainability-informed decision making framework for optimum life-cycle management of civil infrastructure systems considering climate change. He was also recently elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. He will help the Royal Academy's Technical Sciences class expand into sustainability and infrastructure resilience - two areas in which his research and expertise are internationally recognized.
  • Parveen Gupta, the William L. Clayton Distinguished Professor of Accounting and former chair of the accounting department, has received the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)'s Outstanding Educator Award. The award is given to university accounting educators who have distinguished themselves in the classroom through "instructional innovations, student and peer evaluations and active engagement in practical learning opportunities for students."
  • Robin Hojnoski, associate professor of school psychology, was awarded $134,615 in IES funding to help develop measures to monitor progress in early literacy among preschoolers.
  • Lee Kern, professor of special education, received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to adapt Tier 2 behavior interventions for elementary school children.
  • L. Brook Sawyer, assistant professor of teaching, learning and technology, received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to develop and assess the promise of the Parents Plus: Language Coach online tool.

Additions to Leadership

Stephen P. DeWeerth, associate dean for research and innovation at the Georgia Tech College of Engineering, was named the new dean of Lehigh's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. DeWeerth served as professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech and of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Kristin Agatone, managing director for New York-based investment firm Summit Rock Advisors, has been named Lehigh's new Chief Investment Officer. Prior to her time with Summit Rock, she worked at Boston-based Harvard Management Company, which manages the Harvard University Endowment.
Joseph E. Buck was named Lehigh's new vice president for development and alumni relations after serving in key development positions at the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania and LaSalle University.
Khanjan Mehta, the founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, assistant professor of engineering design, and affiliate professor of international affairs at Penn State University, was named the inaugural vice provost of creative inquiry and director for Lehigh’s Mountaintop initiative.
Cheryl Matherly has joined the Lehigh community as the university's vice president and vice provost for international affairs. Matherly previously served as vice provost for global education at the University of Tulsa.
Henry Zheng, the former administrative director of strategic analytics for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was named vice provost of institutional research at Lehigh.

Additions to Leadership

  • Kristin Agatone, managing director for New York-based investment firm Summit Rock Advisors, has been named Lehigh's new Chief Investment Officer. Prior to her time with Summit Rock, she worked at Boston-based Harvard Management Company, which manages the Harvard University Endowment.
  • Joseph E. Buck was named Lehigh's new vice president for development and alumni relations after serving in key development positions at the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania and LaSalle University.
  • Stephen P. DeWeerth, associate dean for research and innovation at the Georgia Tech College of Engineering, was named the new dean of Lehigh's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. DeWeerth served as professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech and of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
  • Cheryl Matherly has joined the Lehigh community as the university's vice president and vice provost for international affairs. Matherly previously served as vice provost for global education at the University of Tulsa.
  • Khanjan Mehta, the founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, assistant professor of engineering design, and affiliate professor of international affairs at Penn State University, was named the inaugural vice provost of creative inquiry and director for Lehigh’s Mountaintop initiative.
  • Henry Zheng, the former administrative director of strategic analytics for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was named vice provost of institutional research at Lehigh.

Lehigh at a Glance

  • 5,080 Undergraduate students (56% men, 44% women)
  • 9:1 Student-faculty ratio
  • 20+ Interdisciplinary programs spanning multiple colleges
  • $59,200 Average starting salary of 2015 graduates
  • 4 colleges The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Education
  • 4.36% Increase in applicants
  • 43% of the class of 2016 had an international experience while at Lehigh, and 20% of those students went abroad more than once
  • 96% of the class of 2015 achieved career-related employment, entered graduate school, or landed other opportunities within their plan
  • 25th Lehigh's rank among the nations "most innovative schools," a category that measures the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology/or facilities
  • 1,979 Graduate students (54% men, 46% women)
  • $47,920 Tuition for 2015-16 academic year
  • 2,300+ Undergraduate courses offered, many of which easily transfer among Lehigh's four colleges
  • 28 Average class size, with 78 percent of classes having 35 or fewer students
  • More than $78 million Total of undergraduate financial aid offered in grants and scholarships.
  • 711 Number of faculty (540 of the faculty are full-time)
  • 64% Percentage of faculty tenured
  • 45+ Types of degrees conferred: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Doctorate degrees
  • 99% Percentage of tenure-track faculty who hold a doctorate degree or the highest degree in their field
  • 1,264 (1,234 full-time) Number of staff
  • 2,250 acres The Asa Packer Campus, Mountaintop Campus and Murray H. Goodman Campus are contiguous. In 2012, the university received a Stabler Foundation gift of 755 acres in nearby Upper Saucon Township.
  • Athletics program 25 Division I intercollegiate sports for men and women, 40 intramural and club sports.
  • League Affiliation Lehigh is a founding member of the Patriot League, which includes American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy as all-sports members. In 2012, Boston University and Loyola University in Baltimore announced that they were joining the Patriot League as full members for the 2013-14 academic year. Associate members include MIT, Georgetown, Fordham and Richmond University.
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