Inside of Packer Memorial Church

Speeches & Writings

2021

Writing
May 21, 2021

A Message for Colleagues from President Simon

A message to faculty and staff from President Simon.
Writing
May 21, 2021

A Message for Students from President Simon

A message sent to students from President Simon.

2020

Writing
November 24, 2020

Faculty, Staff: Thank You

A message sent to Lehigh faculty and staff
Writing
November 24, 2020

Students, Families: Thank You

A message to students and Lehigh families
Writing
August 27, 2020

A New Semester

A message from President Simon to Lehigh students that was also sent to Lehigh families, faculty and staff.
Writing
July 31, 2020

Lehigh Update on Fall Semester

A message sent to students, faculty, staff and families.
Writing
June 18, 2020

Community Observance of Juneteenth

A Message from University Leadership to the Lehigh Community sent June 18, 2020
Writing
June 12, 2020

A Message from Lehigh's Board of Trustees and leadership to members of the Lehigh Black Student Union

A call for change and for action to eliminate racist behaviors at Lehigh.
Writing
June 10, 2020

The Opening of Lehigh, Fall Semester 2020

A message from President Simon, Provost Farrell, and incoming Provost Urban.
Writing
June 3, 2020

A Message from Kevin Clayton and John Simon

Sent to the campus community June 3, 2020.
Writing
June 1, 2020

University Actions in Response to COVID-19

A University financial update sent to faculty and staff.
Writing
June 1, 2020

Confronting Racism

A Message from President Simon to the Lehigh Community.
Writing
May 21, 2020

Task Force Information and Feedback (Students and Families)

A message from President Simon to students and families about the Task Forces engaged in planning for the fall and the 2020-21 academic year, as well as information about how students and families may provide input.
Writing
May 21, 2020

A Message for Faculty and Staff from President Simon

A message from President Simon to faculty and staff.
Writing
May 20, 2020

Task Force Information and Feedback

A message from President Simon to faculty and staff about the Task Forces engaged in planning for the fall and the 2020-21 academic year, as well as information about how faculty and staff may provide input.
Writing
May 15, 2020

A Message for All Students from President Simon

Reflections to close out the end of the academic year.
Writing
May 6, 2020

Updated Information on Planning for the Fall Semester from President Simon

As we plan for the fall, much remains unknown. Our goal is to open our campus as soon as it is practicable. We are closely tracking the availability of adequate testing and contact tracing and developing our internal capacity to isolate and quarantine individuals on campus. A series of working groups is tasked with planning. Our goal is to provide further information by June 15 to students, faculty, staff, and families about our plans for the fall semester.
Writing
April 21, 2020

Virtual Celebration for Graduates - Sunday, May 17, 2020

A virtual celebration will be held for graduating students on May 17, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Writing
April 17, 2020

Lehigh Community and Looking Ahead

President Simon updates the community and provides information on working groups, outlook for fall.
Writing
March 31, 2020

Commencement update from President Simon

An update regarding Commencement activities for the Class of 2020.
Writing
March 24, 2020

Our Community - A Message from President Simon

A year of shared responsibility--President Simon reflects on the grit and determination of the Lehigh community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writing
March 18, 2020

A Message from President John Simon

'Know that we are all in this together'
Writing
March 12, 2020

Lehigh moves to remote learning for remainder of academic semester

Several new developments have led us to conclude that conducting classes remotely for the remainder of the semester (through the end of final exams on Wednesday, May 13) is necessary and in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and of the greater Bethlehem community.
Writing
March 11, 2020

Lehigh moves to remote learning temporarily

As of Monday, March 16, classes will be taught remotely and students are expected to return home or remain home to continue their coursework for the next two weeks. We will continue to assess developments during this time and provide further guidance. We are taking this extraordinary step in an effort to protect the health and safety of our community and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To be clear, the university will remain open, and we are confident in our ability to continue to deliver on our educational and research mission during this time.
Writing
January 17, 2020

2019

Writing
September 24, 2019

Op Ed in Inside Higher Ed: We Must Own Our Own Futures

Op Ed in Inside Higher Ed: President Simon outlines the significant changes to higher ed in the coming decades: the Great Decline, the Great Unknowing and the Great Unbundling.
Writing
September 18, 2019
Writing
January 23, 2019

Continued Progress on the Path to Prominence

President Simon updated the campus community on the significant progress being made on the Path to Prominence plan.
Writing
January 21, 2019

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy

President Simon reflects on building a community that fosters empathy, growth and trust.
Writing
January 15, 2019

Update on New State Anti-Hazing Law

President Simon updated the campus on the recently enacted Timothy J. Piazza law, and the university's compliance with it.

2018

Writing
December 12, 2018

An Important Message About Hazing

President Simon updated the campus on a new state law focused on hazing, and discussed the issue of hazing on campus.
Speech
October 25, 2018

Address to campus launching Go: The Campaign for Lehigh

GO: The Campaign for Lehigh embodies our forward momentum.
Writing
October 4, 2018
Writing
September 6, 2018
Writing
September 4, 2018
Speech
August 26, 2018

University Convocation: President Simon's Address to Class of 2022

"Knowledge is the ultimate tool in your toolbox."
Speech
June 9, 2018

Address to Alumni During Reunion Weekend 2018

President Simon outlines an institutional vision that will secure Lehigh's place in higher education.
Writing
April 7, 2018
Writing
April 6, 2018

2017

Op-Ed
November 16, 2017

The Huffington Post: How Can Academic Institutions Foster Innovative Learning And Creativity Without Diversity?

With nearly 70 percent of Lehigh students coming from households with incomes in the top 20 percent, Simon says in this opinion piece that he recognizes the importance of providing broader access to higher education to students of diverse backgrounds.
Writing
October 11, 2017

Message on Progress on the Path to Prominence Initiative

President Simon details recent progress on the university's ambitious plan for the future.
Writing
September 6, 2017
Speech
August 27, 2017

University Convocation: President Simon's Address to Class of 2021

“A time to acquire knowledge, use one’s mind and respect the other person”
Speech
August 27, 2017

University Convocation: Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez's Welcome to Class of 2021

Students: sample your city’s arts, restaurants, entertainment and history.
Speech
August 16, 2017

LVAIC Leadership Institute: Remarks by President John Simon

Lifelong lessons on living—and learning—the art of leadership.
Speech
May 20, 2017

Address to Alumni During 2017 Reunion Weekend

President Simon reflects on his two years in office and discusses the path ahead for Lehigh.
Writing
January 30, 2017

Message to Campus Regarding Presidential Executive Order

President John Simon reasserts the university's commitment to a thriving international research university.
Writing
January 16, 2017

Message to Campus Regarding MLK Day

In a message to campus, President Simon affirms the institutional commitment to the ideals of Dr. King.

2016

Writing
December 14, 2016

Message from President and Provost Regarding Immigration Issues

University leadership provides a perspective on the potential impact of a new administration on international students, and students who came to this country without documentation.
Writing
November 22, 2016

Reflections on Our Community

President Simon, in a message, shares thoughts on the campus community.
Writing
October 21, 2016

Mountaintop | On this course, there are no grades, no syllabuses and no measures of success

A teaching collaboration between two very different institutions worked better than either could have hoped, write John Simon and Thomas Schutte
Writing
August 24, 2016
Speech
May 23, 2016

John D. Simon's 148th Commencement Remarks

President Simon addresses the 1,001 graduates of the Class of 2016.
Speech
May 4, 2016

Remarks to Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

After receiving the Milestone Award for Lehigh's 150th, President Simon shares his gratitude and hopes for the local community.
Writing
April 28, 2016

Updated Efforts on Diversity

Sharing the latest developments and recommendations regarding diversity efforts.

2015

Speech
November 23, 2015
Writing
November 13, 2015
Speech
October 30, 2015
Writing
October 7, 2015
Writing
September 25, 2015
Writing
September 1, 2015
Writing
August 4, 2015
Writing
July 1, 2015

A Message From President John D. Simon

John D. Simon greets the Lehigh community on his first day in office.
Speech
April 27, 2015