A diverse group of high-achieving teenagers were introduced to Lehigh in summer 2016 as part of the national LEAD (LEADership, Education and Development) program. The 27 teens—rising high school seniors—attended business classes, toured companies and pitched product ideas that can "make a difference."
Though LEAD is in its 35th year, Lehigh joined for the first time with other top-tiered business schools in hosting students. Dean Georgette Chapman Phillips spearheaded Lehigh's involvement.
The three-week program strives to prepare students for college, expose them to career options and develop them into responsible leaders. It also introduces them to campus.
"It's going to bring more people of underrepresented populations to Lehigh," said Twana Walker, director of advising for the College's undergraduate programs and operations director for the LEAD Summer Business Institute with Lehigh.
Several assistant professors and professors of practice have joined the College faculty.
A new one-year Master's in Business Administration program aims to help students from diverse employment backgrounds transform themselves into future business leaders. 1-MBA is geared toward career changers—those with non-business undergraduate degrees and at least three years of work experience who want to pivot into a business-related field—and those who want to accelerate their business careers or shift focus into another industry sector. Classes start in January 2017.
An International Business Certificate aims to broaden students' understanding of international business and develop their global mindset. The 12-credit program includes courses related to international business and a study-abroad experience.
A Business Analytics Certificate is designed to give students exposure to computer programming, business intelligence, computer models and data management. The 12-credit program aims to foster decision-making in the business environment.
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 Outstanding Educator Award. The award is given to educators who have distinguished themselves in the classroom through "instructional innovations, student and peer evaluations and active engagement in practical learning opportunities for students."
Gupta is a nationally recognized expert in Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate governance, financial disclosure and internal control, audit committee effectiveness and enterprise risk management. Since starting at Lehigh in 1987, he has taught a variety of courses in accounting and corporate governance, risk and controls.