President John D. Simon

President John D. Simon

President John D. Simon is an internationally renowned chemist and highly respected leader in higher education. Formerly executive vice president and provost at the University of Virginia, Simon took office at Lehigh on July 1, 2015, and was installed as Lehigh’s 14th president on October 2, 2015. Read President Simon’s bio >

Campaign Launch

Building a Stronger, More Dynamic Lehigh

Introducing GO: The Campaign for Lehigh


“As an institution of higher learning, our obligation is to work to change the world; here at Lehigh, we do that by changing lives.”
- President John D. Simon


Path to Prominence

Building on its proud legacy of success, Lehigh has laid out an ambitious vision that will allow it to grow and evolve into an even more impactful and innovative university.

Annual Report

In this year's Annual Report, Lehigh looks forward with a bold plan for a promising future and looks back on a year of accomplishment.

Research Review

Lehigh has a proud legacy of success as a leading research institution. Read about some of the research and scholarly activity that we believe is already changing lives for the better in the Research Review.

Global Lehigh

This is Global Lehigh is our plan for comprehensive internationalization, where an international or intercultural dimension is infused in all aspects of teaching, research and service.



Read more from a selection of News and Updates and Speeches and Writings showcasing the progress of Lehigh under President Simon.


Lehigh University Convocation Kicks Off 'Year of Shared Responsibility'

Convocation marked the official start of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Lehigh President John D. Simon receives a silver Plus ratio quam vis medal

President John D. Simon Honored by Jagiellonian University in Poland

Simon receives distinguished medal for his role in leading collaborative research between Polish and American scientists.

President John D. Simon

Lehigh Board of Trustees Extends President John D. Simon ’19P Through 2025

Simon introduced the ambitious Path to Prominence plan, which presents a bold academic vision for Lehigh.