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Annual Report

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Building The Lehigh of the Future

In this report, we review major accomplishments from the past year, with a focus on the plan to create the university of the future through our evolving campus, the transformative Lehigh student experience, and research that addresses some of society’s greatest challenges.

John Simon and Kevin Clayton facing crowd at campaign launch event

2018 marked an exciting period of growth and momentum for Lehigh

As a university community, we broke ground both figuratively and literally, with transformative ideas, experiences, and partnerships, as well as with key renovations and new construction that will support an even more collaborative environment for research, scholarship, and student life.

In October, we launched GO: The Campaign for Lehigh, the most ambitious fundraising and engagement effort in the history of our university. This $1 billion-plus comprehensive campaign will allow the bold plans outlined in the Path to Prominence to come to fruition—plans that embrace Lehigh’s great strengths and tremendous potential while moving it toward greater impact on the world.

Positive change is already in evidence across our campus, our country, and our world. A $31 million renovation to Chandler-Ullmann Hall is underway, and SouthSide Commons, a dynamic new living and learning community, has taken shape and will welcome students at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. Several departments have moved into the newly renovated Mountaintop Building C. We also just held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bridge West residential complex that will bring new vitality and social interaction to the very core of campus. We are proceeding with plans for the Health, Science and Technology (HST) building, which will provide crucially important lab space for our faculty and serve as home to our new College of Health—another exciting initiative on which we have been making significant progress. The planned renovation and expansion of Lehigh’s University Center, to be known as the Clayton University Center at Packer Hall, will reshape it into a vibrant center of campus life. The Startup Academy, a new collaboration between the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter and the College of Business and Economics, invited students to earn credits and gain practical experience at West Coast startups. Partnerships with the Innova Schools in Peru and with Tongji University in Shanghai, China, further expanded our global footprint.

Throughout its history, Lehigh has adapted to serve the needs of society while maintaining its core mission and values. We must continue to evolve as we lead—and produce leaders—in a rapidly changing world. The world needs the next generation of Lehigh people—tenacious, resilient, and hard-working women and men skilled in critical thinking and problem solving.

In this report, you will read about the transformative experience that enables Lehigh students to thrive while they are here, and prepares them for success beyond Lehigh. You’ll learn about the exciting evolution of our campus, which includes renovations of iconic campus facilities as well as the addition of innovative new spaces that will make Lehigh an even more dynamic and impactful university. You’ll see how the outstanding research of our faculty and students seeks to answer important questions and address some of the world’s most significant challenges.

We have begun building the Lehigh of the future. Read on to learn more about the exceptional people and initiatives that are paving the way.

John D. SimonJohn D. Simon '19PPRESIDENT
Kevin L. ClaytonKevin L. Clayton '84 '13PCHAIR OF THE BOARD

Timeline of Progress on Lehigh’s Path to Prominence

Since the university announced its bold Path to Prominence plan in 2015, Lehigh has been building on a proud legacy of success. The plan outlines a path forward for expanding Lehigh’s student body and faculty, upgrading facilities, building new residential communities and academic buildings, and launching a new college focused on health.

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