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 President John Simon speaks at the International Higher Education Forum 2018.

President John D. Simon Speaks at International Higher Education Forum 2018

Simon joined university leaders from around the world on a panel titled “Internationalization: National Approaches."

Lehigh President John Simon among other university leaders and Michael Bloomberg at the American Talent Initiative 2018 Presidential Summit.

President Simon Joins Higher Education Leaders at American Talent Initiative Presidential Summit

Lehigh is among 96 top colleges and universities seeking to expand college access for lower-income students. 

Lehigh plans move forward for college of health

Lehigh Named to President’s Circle of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion

The select group of leaders will engage members of campus communities in diversity initiatives.