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.


GO Getters Podcast

GO Getters put ideas into action, creating change that has impact on our communities and our world. Lehigh President John D. Simon ’19P hosts straight-up, no-nonsense conversations with leaders on the forefront of change — within and beyond the university — who are dedicated to bringing direction to a dream.

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 D. Simon standing in front of Linderman Library doors

Lehigh President John D. Simon to Step Down in June 2021

A formal search process for his successor will commence soon.    

Lehigh Leadership Discusses Fall Semester in Third ‘Community Conversations’

President John Simon noted that Lehigh has made significant investments in remote teaching and learning to ensure a rigorous academic experience.

A Message from President John Simon

'Know that we are all in this together'