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.
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.
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.
First West Coast Office Opened
Lehigh opens its first-ever Western Regional Office in San Mateo, California, in an effort to extend educational opportunities for students and faculty, build research partnerships, and further engage with alumni and prospective students.
Path to Prominence Plan Approved
The Board of Trustees formally approves President John Simon’s ambitious Path to Prominence plan.
Lehigh Joins ATI
Lehigh joins with 29 other leading colleges and universities in support of the American Talent Initiative, which aims to increase the number of talented lower- and moderate-income students attending institutions with the highest graduation rates in the nation.
Lehigh@NasdaqCenter Opens on the West Coast
The new venture creates opportunities for Lehigh faculty and students in and around Silicon Valley. It was launched in partnership with Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.
Mountaintop Project Evolves
Lehigh’s innovative Mountaintop program continues to evolve, as Lehigh aims to allow more students, faculty, and external partners to collaboratively pursue open-ended inquiry and embark on new intellectual pathways.
College of Health Plans Begin
A faculty committee, charged with generating ideas for Lehigh’s College of Health, identifies six proposed themes to build a college poised to tackle the challenges of modern-day health care: biomedicine and biotechnology, environmental health, resilient communities, mind-body connections, science of healthcare delivery, and healthy at home.
Director of Student Access and Success Named
George White is named Lehigh’s first managing director for Student Access and Success. The new position was created to champion Lehigh’s efforts to expand access to the university for first-generation and lower-income students.
Lehigh approves the design phase for two projects on the Asa Packer Campus— renovation of the iconic University Center and construction of a new Bridge West Residence Hall.
Ashoka Partnership Announced
The partnership between Lehigh and Ashoka, India’s premier multidisciplinary liberal arts university, lays the groundwork for the two institutions to establish programming.
Health, Science and Technology Building Moves Forward
The Board of Trustees approves the design phase of the new facility, which will serve as the home for Lehigh’s College of Health and provide expansive, state-of-the-art lab space
Southside Commons Construction Begins
The new five-story student living complex will provide housing for more than 420 upperclassmen.
Search for First Dean of New Health College Begins
The university launched the search for the founding dean of the university’s fifth college.
Lehigh Forms Three Interdisciplinary Research Institutes
The university announces a commitment of more than $150 million toward interdisciplinary research and education, with investments focused on faculty and student talent, collaborative new research and academic programs, and expansion of facilities.
Lehigh Hosts Groundbreaking for Bridge West Residence Hall
The student housing complex will provide 720 new beds for undergraduates.
Lehigh Announces International Partnerships
The university joined in partnerships with the Innova Schools in Peru and Tongji University in Shanghai. The university is also moving forward on several initiatives that will strengthen ties with an increasing alumni base in China.
GO: The Campaign for Lehigh Launches
The largest fundraising and engagement campaign in university history kicked off with three events
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