Progress and Milestones

The Path to Prominence is already reshaping Lehigh, strengthening our great university and bolstering our capacities teaching, research and service both to our community and our world. Follow along with our progress here, as we continue to push forward in our efforts to create a more dynamic, impactful university.

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    2015

    President John Simon and the university trustees lay out the framework of an exciting plan to create a stronger, more impactful Lehigh.

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    2016

    A series of new initiatives on the West Coast and key leadership hires continue to propel the university forward.

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    Lehigh further develops plans for its new college of health and invests in strategic research and academic programs.

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    Lehigh pushes forward on key infrastructure improvements, including new residential buildings and academic and research facilities.

     
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    November 2015

    Opening Our Doors

    Affirming its commitment to making a Lehigh education available to students of all financial backgrounds, Lehigh announces a new financial aid initiative that will see the university meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated financial need. The initiative places Lehigh among a select group of institutions that have similar programs in place.

     

    October 2015

    An Ever-More Global University

    Cheryl Matherly, formerly the vice provost for global education at the University of Tulsa, is appointed vice president and vice provost for international affairs. She is charged with expanding Lehigh’s already comprehensive international initiatives.

     

    October 2015

    An Investment in Our Future

    On the occasion of his formal installation as Lehigh’s 14th president, President Simon announces a $250 million investment in institutional resources in the areas of teaching, learning, research and student life. “We need to be bold, take risks, push and define frontiers of knowledge, create and embrace new forms of pedagogy for engaging our students in learning and research,” Simon said.

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    December 2016

    A Commitment to Access

    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.

     

    October 2016

    Aspiring for Excellence

    The Board of Trustees formally approves President John Simon’s ambitious “Path to Prominence” plan. The multi-faceted plan includes plans to expand Lehigh’s student body and faculty, upgrade facilities, build new residential communities and academic buildings and launch a new college focused on health.

     

    October 2016

    A New Home Out West

    Lehigh formally 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.

     

    September 2016

    Partnership in Entrepreneurship

    Lehigh joins forces with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center to create the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter in the heart of San Francisco. The Center is positioned to support the development of rich, experience-based courses for students.

     

    August 2016

    Innovation and Impact

    Lehigh names Khanjan Mehta, founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State, as the inaugural vice provost for creative inquiry and director of Lehigh’s Mountaintop initiative.

     

    July 2016

    New Perspectives from a New Partnership

    During the summer of 2016, students from the Pratt Institute in New York City joined with peers at Lehigh to collaborate a number of interdisciplinary projects as part of the Mountaintop program. The partnership between the two institutions helped open students' eyes to new ways of thinking and changed the way they thought about their work, their research and even their career aspirations.

     

    June 2016

    Visionary Leadership in Engineering

    Stephen P. DeWeerth, formerly associate dean for research and innovation at the Georgia Tech College of Engineering, is named new dean of Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is tasked with charting a vision forward for the university.

     

    January 2016

    A Powerful Opportunity

    Lehigh’s Africana Studies program is awarded a prestigious $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funds will be used to create an endowment to expand the Africana Studies program at Lehigh, including enhancing curriculum, increasing public humanities initiatives and strengthening the program’s community partnerships to further explore public concerns and social justice issues related to race, politics, gender, religion and other areas.

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    December 2017

    Health College Plans Move Forward

    Provost Patrick V. Farrell hosts two Town Halls to update the Lehigh community on the proposed college of health, which he says will hopefully open by fall 2020, with a new dean on campus ideally by September 2018. He says the university hopes to launch with approximately 15 of its 50 new faculty and 150 of its 700 undergraduate and graduate students. Lehigh is working with two consultant teams as it moves forward: Boston Consulting Group and Strategy+.

     

    October 2017

    An Evolving Campus

    The Board of Trustees 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. The University Center project will include renovation of the original 1868 building, known as Packer Hall, the demolition of the 1958 addition, and the design of a new addition on the south side of the original structure. The Bridge West Residence Hall, which will replace the existing Trembley Park houses, will provide 750 new beds for undergraduates, a net increase of 550 beds.

     

    August 2017

    An Investment in Research

    Lehigh creates the Presidential Engineering Research Initiative to support top faculty in their work to generate new knowledge and pursue groundbreaking projects with the potential to change the world. The inaugural $3 million grant goes to Martin Harmer, Dan Lopresti, Jeffrey Rickman, Anand Jagota and Kate Arrington to explore methodologies to more fully utilize the vast amounts of data generated at Lehigh’s Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication Facility.

     

    August 2017

    A Partnership with a Purpose

    Lehigh University engages with the New York-based Posse Foundation to expand educational opportunities for high-potential high school students from inner city San Francisco. The program aims to identify and educate students who may not have otherwise considered applying to the university.

     

    July 2017

    A Step Forward in Bioengineering

    Lehigh establishes a new Department of Bioengineering in the P.C. College of Engineering and Applied Science. The new department will build on Lehigh’s acclaimed bioengineering and graduate programs, as well as the extensive interdisciplinary bioengineering research being pursued across the university.

     

    April 2017

    Mountaintop's Ongoing Evolution

    Mountaintop evolves in concept, as Lehigh aims to allow to more students, faculty and external partners to collaboratively pursue open-ended inquiry and embark on new intellectual pathways. Lehigh funds 13 projects for summer, including scalable method for 3-D printing of concrete, the feasibility of “parklets” and development of a sustainable mushroom and production system for farmers in Cambodia.

     

    April 2017

    An Innovative Approach to Health

    The select faculty committee charged with generating ideas for Lehigh’s college of health identifies six proposed themes around which the new college might be built: biomedicine and biotechnology, environmental health, resilient communities, mind-body connections, science of health-care delivery and healthy at home. Their work focuses the university's ongoing efforts to build a college poised to tackle the challenges of modern-day healthcare.

     

    January 2017

    Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

    Donald A. Outing is named Lehigh’s first Vice President for Equity and Community, a position created to lead institutional efforts to advance Lehigh’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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    February 2018

    Lehigh prepares to break ground on SouthSide Commons, a new, five-story student living facility to rise at Brodhead and Packer avenues. The building will provide housing for more than 420 upperclassmen in an apartment-style setting with studios and two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. Set to open in time for the 2019-2020 academic year, SouthSide Commons is key step forward in Lehigh's plan to expand its undergraduate and graduate student populations.