P OSITION P ROFILE
Lehigh University’s new President will take the helm of a vibrant, healthy university with an
extraordinarily bright future. In the last decade, the endowment has grown to approximately
$925 million, largely as a function of an exceptionally supportive and committed cadre of
alumni and friends. Moreover, substantial progress has already been made in the Shine
Forever: The Campaign for Lehigh now underway. As such, the likelihood is high that
Lehigh will have an endowment of well over a billion dollars before the current campaign
The combination of Lehigh’s strong commitment to academic excellence, the rapidly
increasing quality of undergraduate and graduate students, the scholarly accomplishments of
the faculty, and the dramatic increase in the procurement of extramural research support has,
in the last four years, catapulted Lehigh to move up eight places in the U.S. News and World
Report’s ranking of national universities, a rise that exceeds that of any other institution
among the top fifty. And, in the last year, Lehigh’s ranking has advanced from thirty-seventh
In October 2000, a seventy five million dollar academic venture capital fund was created, as
part of the Lehigh 2020 Initiative. Monies were allocated to position Lehigh to attract and
retain the highest quality of students and faculty; to foster cross-curricular research
collaboration; to create distinctive academic programs; to expand Le high’s strength in
internatio nal relations; and to identify and invest in critical research fields. Taken together,
these initiatives signaled a new vision for Lehigh as a confident, yet competitive institution,
proud of its accomplishments and optimistic about its ability to excel even among the nation’s
most prestigious and well funded research universities. Concomitant with Lehigh’s increased
commitment to research was a renewal of its commitment to provide graduate and
undergraduate students with a singularly outstanding educational experience.
The legacy of learning at Lehigh aims to create an environment that encourages creativity in
the present, and innovation for the future. Graduate and undergraduate students are provided
with a broad base of knowledge, a versatile set of analytic skills, and an appreciation for, and
commitment to life long learning such that they will be ready to take their place as leaders of
the twenty- first century, in both national and international arenas.
For the decade ahead, Lehigh has assigned priority to expanding its international focus
throughout the university’s educational and research programs. In 2004, the United Nations
favored Lehigh by granting the university NGO (non- governmental organization) status.
Lehigh is one of a very few universities to have been granted such preferred status. Given
Lehigh’s proximity to the United Nations, its faculty and students are well positioned to play
a role in burgeoning multinational issues and policy debates. In addition, a Global Citizenship
program has been introduced, while the Global Village and the Governor’s School for Global
Entrepreneurship programs continue to expand. Lehigh is committed to enhancing its
international presence, consistent with its desire to increase its depth and breadth of expertise
in global development and social change.
In searching for their new President, Lehigh University’s Board of Trustees seek a
charismatic, dynamic individual with demonstrated leadership skills in an academic or
comparable intellectual environment. They seek, as well, an individual who has had senior
leadership experience in the administration of a comprehensive, complex organization;
administrative experience in, or an in depth appreciation for both liberal arts education and
professional s chool education in a comprehensive research university; a commitment to
exceptional undergraduate and graduate teaching; an appreciation for the need for the
university to facilitate disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research; a commitment to
implement programs to increase diversity among faculty, staff and students; an appreciation
for the importance of public service, and a vision for higher education that is responsive to the
mandate embraced by leading universities to train the next generation of outstanding,
The ideal presidential candidate should possess the ability to articulate, in an inspired way,
Lehigh’s broad based goals to a variety of audie nces; the skills necessary to persuasively
represent that vision to Lehigh faculty, students, staff, friends, and alumni; and, the ability to
engender widespread private and public support for, and excitement about the mission and
future of Lehigh University.
The President is the chief executive officer of the campus, appointed by, and reporting to the
Board of Trustees. The President exercises broad delegated authority, with oversight
responsibility for all aspects of campus administration, and for setting the standards for
Lehigh in all aspects of campus life.
In sum, Lehigh Unive rsity has enjoyed near unparalleled success in the past decade, in
research, in student selectivity, in new faculty hires, in greater diversity, in the renewal of its
physical facilities, and in the growth of its endowment. A well defined institutional vis ion for
the future has been embraced and implemented. The new President will thus assume
leadership of a university buoyed by its institutional success, yet ambitious in its quest for
ever greater excellence and greater accomplishments.
HISTORICAL ROOTS, CONTEMPORARY PRIORITIES
Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has its roots in the 19th Century industrialization of the
picturesque Lehigh Valley. The half million dollars given to endow the college by
industrialist Asa Packer was, in its day, the single largest donation in the history of higher
education. In establishing the college, Packer enlisted the assistance of William Bacon
Stevens, the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. Stevens brought to Lehigh his
expansive vision for higher educatio n, as well as his appreciation for the une nding value of
lifelong learning. The mandate that served to guide the university evolved from three
interlocking principles; the importance of combining scientific and classical education, in a
size suitable to the college mission, and a practice of merit blind admissions.
Over the years, Lehigh has significantly broadened its curriculum, its student body, and its
faculty. Since 1916, women have been included in its graduate programs. In 1971, Lehigh
admitted women to its undergraduate programs. When, in 1995, the Lehigh mascot, the
“Engineers” became the “Mountain Hawks”, this symbolic acknowledgement confirmed what
had been true for some time: Lehigh University had become far more than a premier
engineering school, taking its place among the best of our national universities.
Consistent with the desire to leverage and expand upon Lehigh’ s historically recognized
expertise in engineering, the Lehigh 2020 Initiative referenced earlier included a variety of
programmatic investments intended to build strength in the liberal arts and sciences, in
international relations, in education, and in business and economics. For example, funds from
the $75 million academic venture capital fund have been allocated for innovative academic
programs, including, but not limited to those in Integrated Business and Engineering,
ArtsLehigh, Bioscience/Bioengineering, Design Arts, the Humanities House, Global
Entrepreneurship, the Governor’s School for High School Students, Biobusiness, Analytical
Finance, Computer Science and Business, Entrepreneurship, an Engineering Minor,
Integrated Real Estate, Global Citizenship, and International Educational Leadership. In
addition, the 2020 Initiative enabled the university to increase its empha sis on research,
including the provision of research support for Biosciences/Biotechnology, Financial
Services, Humanities, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Optical Technology, Environmental
Science, and Value Chain and Supply Chain Logistics. Lehigh is proud of the fact that funded
research has doubled in less than ten years, exceeding $48 million in FY2005, including a
300% increase in NIH funding.
To complement the investments in academic programs, Lehigh has embarked on a major
renewal of the campus by committing approximately $120 million to fund 40 major campus
renewal projects. Funds have been allocated for new student residences, the renovation of a
dozen historic buildings, the renovation of the main campus library, high- tech classrooms, and
the installation of a high speed campus telecommunications network.
Perhaps most exciting, the Lehigh 2020 Initiative paved the way for Shine Forever: The
Campaign for Lehigh, which began in late 2004, with the goal of raising $500 million dollars
to endow faculty chairs and undergraduate scholarships. Lehigh’s dream of increased
resources to fund their ambitious vision is well on its w to success, with $250 million
already received in campaign commitments.
THE CORE OF LEHIGH ’S STRENGTH
While the four colleges of Lehigh University – the College of Arts and Sciences, the College
of Business and Economics, the College of Education, and the P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science – form the core of the academic programs, the colleges are
connected through a variety of cross-disciplinary programs and cross-college faculty research
collaborations. For the undergraduate, there are over 20 multidisciplinary programs to enliven
and broaden choices of study. The influence of these collaborations is felt everywhere at
Lehigh, particularly in the classroom.
As one among a myriad of examples of the outstanding educational environment at Lehigh, in
2004, The Lehigh Lab received the prestigious EDUCAUSE Award for Systematic Progress
in Teaching and Learning. Conceived to integrate existing elements in academic computing,
media services, digital initiatives, and distance education, the Lehigh Lab facilitates
experimental work by students and faculty across departments and disciplines to advance the
science of learning.
With respect to research, Lehigh has a substantial number of centers and institutes, most of
them multidisciplinary in character. While even thumbnail descriptions of these centers would
overburden a document of this sort, a partial and simple listing is presented to convey the
extent of Lehigh’s commitment to providing intellectual homes in which creativity and
innovation can flourish.
• Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
• Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering
• Smith Family Center for Optical Technologies
• Center for Polymer Science and Engineering
• Center for Social Research
• Center for Value Chain Research
• Chemical Process Modeling and Control Research Center
• Energy Research Center
• Enterprise Systems Center
• Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise
• Murray H. Goodman Center for Real Estate Studie s
• Musser Center for Entrepreneurship
• Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies
• Sherman Fairchild Center for Solid-State Studies
• Biopharmaceutical Technology Institute
• Building and Architectural Technology Institute
• Emulsion Polymers Institute
• Iacocca Institute
• Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Mathematical Biology
• Institute for Metal Forming
• Institute for Fracture and Solid Mechanics
• Institute of Thermo-Fluid Engineering and Science
• Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies
• Manufacturing Logistics Institute
THE FOUR COLLEGES
The College of Arts and Sciences
Whether their focus is on probing the practical applications for nanotechnology, examining
biodiversity through the world’s fastest evolving invertebrate, or chronicling the history and
practice of Sufism in South Asia, faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences integrate
discoveries that shape our views of the world with experiential learning to provide students
with educational opportunities found at few other universities. The special identity of the
college emerges from its people, programs, and place. The faculty are accomplished scholars,
artists, and writers, recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields, who
share a commitment to a liberal arts education through integration of teaching and scholarship
into innovative, dynamic curricula set in an intellectually diverse environment.
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to the social sciences, arts, humanities, and natural
sciences. Collectively, these disciplines provide the foundation of a liberal arts education that
is the core of every Lehigh degree. The world is dynamic, fast-paced, and changing. Students
must think creatively and critically if they are to succeed in life. An education in the liberal
arts and sciences at Lehigh prepares students to anticipate and lead change, to view challenges
as opportunities, to turn knowledge into action, and to make a difference in the world. The
College seeks to maximize student growth and development while placing the individual in
the broader context of human culture and the natural world. Classrooms extend beyond four
walls to the broader community and to countries spanning the globe.
The largest of Lehigh’s four colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences includes 18
departments and 19 interdisciplinary programs. The College offers 48 undergraduate majors,
53 undergraduate minors, 29 graduate programs (MA, MS, and PhD), and six graduate
certificate programs. The College is home to 222 tenured and tenure track faculty, 98 staff,
50-60 research scientists and scholars, over 1,900 undergraduates, over 530 graduate students,
and eight centers and institutes including the Berman Center for Jewish Studies, the Gipson
Institute for 18th Century Studies, and the Humanities Center.
In the natural sciences, work focuses on the life sciences, the environment, and
nanotechnology. Each of these foci benefits from the interdisciplinary approach to research,
realizing contributions from earth and environmental science, biology, chemistry, and
physics. In the arts, the College has developed strength in performance and the visual/design
arts and a new program in creative writing. The departments of music and theatre are housed
in the Zoellner Arts Center. In the social sciences, the College has recognized strength in
international relations and is developing a new initiative in globalization and social change
that will explore issues such as identity and culture, communication, social transformation,
and health and aging. In the humanities, the College has established strength in literature,
religion studies, philosophy, and a new initiative in ethics and decision making.
The College of Arts and Sciences subscribes to the belief that a liberal education is essential
for success in today’s global society. It promotes diversity and debate, and an ability to think
creatively and work with others. Knowledge advances more quickly when working together;
the College’s synergistic, interdisciplinary approach to research and education reflects the
needs and desires of an ever more interconnected — and interdependent — world community.
College of Business and Economics
Lehigh’s tradition of blending the theoretical and the practical, the abstract and the applied,
finds a perfect setting in the College of Business and Economics. Students and faculty are
able to address analytically the complexities of a burgeoning global economy and apply
practical methodologies to a changing international marketplace. The college offers
undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and advanced professional degree programs.
Faculty typically embrace both the worlds of the academy and business. They receive grants
from a variety of sources, including TIAA/CREF, a variety of business consulting firms, and
the U Departments of Agriculture, Labor and Education. The College of Business and
Economics is composed of five academic departments: Accounting, Economics,
Management, Marketing and the Perella Department of Finance; the latter was recently
endowed by a $10 million gift by renowned Lehigh alum, Joseph R. Perella. In addition, the
college is home to numerous research centers and institutes, including: The Center for
Financial Services Studies; The Value Chain Research Center; The Goodman Center for Real
Estate Studies; The Financial Services Laboratory; The Rauch Center for Business
Communication; The Small Business Development Center; The Iacocca Institute; and the
Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise.
The College of Business and Economics offers state-of-the-art, niche-based programs that
cross traditional boundaries within the college and across the university. With the
marketplace as the catalyst for change, and input from a very active Board of Advisors, skill
sets necessary for success in the job market are identified and programs are created to give
graduates a competitive edge. Examples include:
Undergraduate Programs :
Integrated Business & Engineering (IBE) honors program: joint program with the P.C. Rossin
College of Engineering & Applied Science (RCEAS).
Computer Science & Business (CSB) program: joint program with RCEAS.
Entrepreneurship minor: joint program with RCEAS.
Graduate Programs :
MBA & Engineering (MBA&E): joint program with RCEAS.
MBA & Educational Leadership: joint program with the College of Education.
MS Analytical Finance: joint program with RCEAS and the College of Arts & Sciences.
Professional Certificate Programs:
Project Management: joint program with the College of Education.
Supply Chain Management.
Corporate Entrepreneurship- vSeries
In addition, the Integrated Product Development (IPD) initiative, an interdisciplinary
collaborative program with the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science, and
the College of Arts & Sciences, is offered to undergraduates. This program is unique in the
nation for its full integration of three crucial aspects of product development and marketing.
This award-winning program combines design arts, engineering and business as students form
teams to produce feasibility studies, develop technical and business plans, and prototypes for
clients in actual industrial settings. Over 100 advanced undergraduates participate each year.
In recent years, the College of Business and Economics has experienced an unprecedented
burst of creative activity leading to the development of several new college and
interdisciplinary programs, and an expansion of research output, while solidifying traditional
strengths and accommodating rising undergraduate enrollment. As a result, the college is
poised to enhance its stature among collegiate schools of business.
Those in the College of Business and Economics are rightly proud of their stellar record of
preparing students for exciting careers in business, finance, economic consulting, and
management. And, the list of distinguished Lehigh alums who serve now as leaders in our
nation’s world of business is remarkable, as is their commitment to constantly enhancing the
The College of Education
The College of Education is a graduate only college, offering Master’s and Doctoral degrees
in Counseling Psychology, Educational Leadership, School Psychology, Special Education,
Transcultural, Comparative and International Education and Teaching, Learning and
Technology, along with a variety of post-baccalaureate certificates and Pennsylvania
Department of Education certification programs. Of particular note is the College of
Education’s School Psychology program, ranked 2nd in the nation by the American
Psychological Association, and first in the country for faculty productivity, with specific
strength in behavioral intervention. With a faculty half the size of other colleges of education
ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, it is clear that Lehigh’s College of
Education provides a climate for research and graduate training that is outstanding.
For the eighth consecutive year, Lehigh’s College of Education is ranked in the top 50
“America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News and World Report. The College’s faculty
research productivity ranking now nears the top ten; and, student selectivity is at an all time
high of 7th in the nation. The quality of the faculty and students is evident in every program.
Recent new faculty hires have enhanced the entire six program areas that comprise the
College; each program has as a unique focus in either school-based, community mental
health, or business and industry settings.
One of the jewels of the college is the Center for Promoting Research to Practice. The Center
was created in 2001, funded through a $500,000 appropriation from the U Congress to
expand its continuing work on enhancing the education of those at risk for disabilities. To
date, the center has received more than $7.4 million dollars of externally funded grants and
projects. These include Project REACH, the Positive Behavior Support Project, the Teacher
Study Group Project, and the National Center for Promoting healthy Development for
Individuals with Disabilities. Each shares a common vision to generate new knowledge
through scientific inquiry and to disseminate this new knowledge into best practices to those
involved in real world settings. The purposeful dissemination of useful – often transformative
– knowledge establishes the College of Education as a working partner of schools, businesses,
communities and families to enhance the lives of children and adults.
Among the many reasons the College of Education is so competitive with other top ranked
universities is its wide array of national and international partnerships. For example, a U.S.
Department of Education urban school leadership grant is in collaboration with the National
Association of Elementary School Principals and the School District of Philadelphia to train
principals for urban schools. The first cohort of students involved in a Master’s Degree
program in Global Leadership graduated at SA Aramco in Saudi Arabia in October 2005.
Researchers, parents and mental health professionals work together at Lehigh Valley Hospital
on an NIH.
The College’s faculty research productivity ranking now nears the top ten; and, student
selectivity is at an all time high of 7th in the nation. The quality of the faculty and students is
evident in every program. Recent new faculty hires have enhanced the six program areas that
comprise the College ; each program has as a unique focus in either school-based, community
mental health, or business and industry settings.
The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Nowhere is Lehigh’s commitment to academic excellence, scientific innovation and hands-on
student experience more evident than in its P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied
Science (RCEAS), which enjoys a longstanding stellar reputation among science and
technology institutions throughout the world.
Nine of the college’s 125 faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering; even
more are recipients of prestigious awards and honors in recognition of their scholarly
accomplishments, including an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow, two PECASE Award
recipients, and 23 recipients of the prestigious CAREER/PYI Awards allocated by NSF, DOE
and ONR. The university’s recent 2020 academic renewal initiative has helped to bring to the
college more than 40 new faculty members engaged in promising areas of research, including
those whose research focus is on bioengineering, nanotechnology, optical technology, and
information and communications technology. Over the past five years, the amount of
extramural research funding generated by grants and contracts to Engineering faculty has
doubled. The College’s research expenditure represents some 65% of the university research
The college offers 14 B.S., 22 M.S./MEng., and 9 Ph.D. degrees in a wide variety of
engineering and cross disciplinary areas. The undergraduate student population is
approximately 1,365, while the graduate population is at 594, which represents about 30% of
the overall university student population. The college offers more than 50% of the Ph.D.
degrees granted by Lehigh.
RCEAS has adopted a dual- mission for its educational programs: to produce the most talented
engineering innovators and to prepare multidisciplinary leaders and thinkers – including those
who have broader professional aspirations in business, law, medicine, design, and public
policy. The college is endowed with rich traditions of engineering excellence, and it is blessed
by many generations of alumni who have distinguished themselves not only as engineers, but
as entrepreneurs, business leaders, attorneys, physicians, and policy makers. These
distinguished alumni include Lee A. Iacocca, the legendary thought leader of corporate
America, James W. Packard who founded Packard Automobiles, Peter C. Rossin who
founded Dynamet and endowed the college of engineering, Roger S. Penske who founded the
Penske enterprises, astronaut Terry Hart who completed a space mission on the Challenger,
and Dr. William Pierce who invented the artificial heart.
The college adheres to the principle that students must be equipped with top-quality technical
and analytical skills and the ability to make wise financial, political, and cultural decisions.
The goal of the undergraduate program is to instill “engineering thinking” that benefits
graduates entering both engineering and non-engineering fields. By adopting this broader
educational mission, the college is poised to innovate and to take a leadership role in elevating
the roles of engineering education. For example, the college created the Integrated Business
and Engineering (IBE) and the Computer Science and Business (CSB) degrees in partnership
with the College of Business and Economics; the latter program is the first in the nation with
dual accreditation from AACSB and ABET. Similarly innovative cross college ventures
include, the arts/engineering dual degree program integrating engineering with arts and
humanities, the music/engineering program, and the Bioengineering program that is offered in
partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences. Many undergraduate students (engineering
and otherwise) participate in the award-winning year- long course in integrated product
development (IPD), in which multidisciplinary student teams design and market innovative
products with corporate sponsorship. RCEAS students are active in different forms of inquiry-
based learning such as undergraduate research, internships, and co-ops.
In research and graduate studies, the college offers some of the most competitive and highly
regarded programs in the nation. Almost all graduate programs in engineering are ranked
among the first quartile in their discipline by the National Research Council and U.S. News
and World Report. Lehigh’s College of Engineering has long enjoyed an excellent reputation
in areas such as advanced materials, structural engineering, surface chemistry, and logistics,
and an emerging reputation for excellence optical technology, bioengineering,
nanotechnology, communications, and high-performance computing. To build synergy and to
strengthen critical research infrastructure, the college is engaged in a novel effort to form
multidisciplinary research clusters. Three cross-college research advisory councils have been
formed in the following areas:
• BIO: Bio, Environmental and Molecular Engineering
o Biotechnology and Molecular Engineering
o Environmental Engineering
• NANO: Nanotechnology and Applications
o Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
o Optics, Microelctronics, and Nanoelectronics
• SYSTEMS: Integrative Engineering and Information Systems
o Infrastructure and Energy Systems
o Information, Computing and Communications Systems
The college’s major research centers and institutes successfully compete nationally in key
arenas of research and technology. Highlights of recent research developments include:
• The Smith Family Laboratory for Optical Technologies. A major addition to the
Center for Optical Technologies, the facility offers a clean room with state-of-the-art
crystal growth capabilities that enable researchers to fabricate advanced optical
devices in support of biomedical, communications, military, and pharmaceutical
• Lehigh and NASA signed a joint-research contract that gives the space agency access
to Lehigh’s world-renowned nanotechnology and electron microscopy facilities.
RCEAS researchers will help NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center develop
technologies for the Mars rovers and the James Webb Space Telescope, which will
replace the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011.
• A new alloy that helps the U.S. more safely dispose of 50,000 tons of spent nuclear
energy fuel was developed and patented by researchers at Lehigh and two national
laboratories, capping a four- year study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s
Spent Nuclear Fuel Program.
• The ATLSS Research Center received a major grant from the NSF to develop
revolutionary steel- frame structural systems that enable buildings to withstand major
earthquakes and other natural hazards.
THE ARTS AT LEHIGH
The performing and visual arts are an integral part of the Lehigh experience. They enliven and
enrich the spirit of the campus with performances, exhibits, and student-directed projects
year-round. At the center of this activity is the Zoellner Arts Center, which houses the Arts
Center administration, Art Gallery, and the departments of Music and Theatre. With several
performance spaces, including the 940-seat Baker Hall, the Diamond Theatre and smaller
multi-configuration stages, the Zoellner Arts Cent er is host to Lehigh’s Guest Artist series, as
well as over 50 faculty and student performances per year. In the area of visual arts, the Art
Galleries present approximately 30 contemporary exhibitions a year, in addition to extensive
Enhancing the excellence of these facilities, the rigorous and imaginative programs attract
over 1,000 students per semester who actively use the Zoellner Arts Center for classes and
activities in Music and Theatre. Art and Architecture enrolls an additional 500+ students in its
classes per semester. Whether it is experiencing world cultures touring with the LU
Philharmonic Orchestra or Choir, studying art and architecture in Europe, collaborating with
seasoned professionals, or directing student theatre productions, unique opportunities abound
in this vibrant and inventive learning environment.
While many students major in the arts, these programs are unique in that they primarily draw
from the population of non- majors who are interested in incorporating creative activity into
their time at Lehigh. Moreover, many of the programs cross the traditional boundaries of an
arts education; the development of inter-disciplinary collaborations has served to enrich the
student experience. The performing and visual arts departments have forged co-curricular
partnerships with Global Citizenship, English, Women’s Studies, and Political Science. A
program in Design Arts gives students the opportunity to learn and develop the synergies
between art, engineering, design, and economics.
The arts at Lehigh received an additional infusion of energy last fall, with the inauguration of
ArtsLehigh, an initiative many years in the making designed to incorporate the arts and
aesthetic sensibility into nearly every aspect of Lehigh life. ArtsLehigh is based on the
premise that good and creative things happen when the arts are integrated fully into everyday
campus life and culture. Drawing on the considerable existing resources of performing, visual,
digital, media and literary arts, ArtsLehigh will facilitate just such integration.
STUDENTS AND STUDENT LIFE
Lehigh is enormously proud of the quality of its student population, both those presently
enrolled as well as the incredible cadre of former students who are now the Lehigh graduates
who have given the university its exceptional reputation for success. Applications for the
1,130 positions in Lehigh’s first- year class rose 33% to 10,685 between 2001 and 2006.
Student quality as measured by SAT scores rose from 1245 to over 1320, 10 points per year
between 1998 and 2005. The retention rate (first to second year) increased to 95%. The
average SAT for students in the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors program is
The 2,069 graduate students who pursue advanced degrees at Lehigh come with impressive
academic credentials. For example, the average quantitative GRE Score for engineering
students is 770, which ranks them 7th among top tier engineering programs. For graduate
students in education, the average quantitative GRE Score is 606, which ranks them as 30th
among top tier education programs.
In order to remain competitive in admissions and to honor its commitment to diversity,
Lehigh constantly strives to provide financial aid to its students. Presently, 50 percent of the
undergraduate student body receives approximately $41 million in aid, from a variety of state
and federal sources, as well as from several of Lehigh’s academic merit scholarship programs.
For most students, the first experience of the Lehigh campus is the residence hall. Each with
unique features and within easy walking distance of classrooms, dining halls, libraries and
fitness centers, the residence halls at Lehigh are quite different in character from the typical
dorm at the outer reaches of a campus. Special housing for undergraduates includes, for
example, the residential Taylor College, The ROTC Service House, UMOJA House, or one of
three well- maintained apartment complexes.
As a highly selective liberal arts university, Lehigh represents a community of students who
are in active engagement with their campus community and who are keen to make an impact
on the wider world. Lehigh’s student life reflects those energies and aspirations. Lehigh
students enjoy an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 9.3:1. Lehigh students participate
in more than 140 student clubs and organizations, join nationally recognized sororities and
fraternities, and engage in countless extracurricular activities. Student activities provide the
occasion for community building, commitment, and the development of leadership styles and
skills. Whether it’s writing for Lehigh’s student newspaper, the Brown and White,
participating with the S.T.A.R. (Students That Are Ready) Academy preparing at-risk middle
school students for college, or honing their athletic prowess at Midnight Kickball, the Lehigh
student has a vast array of opportunities for personal growth, play, and fellowship.
Lehigh Without Walls: International Study and Student Community Service
Lehigh distinguishes itself from many of its peer institutions by virtue of its extensive study
abroad programs. The university enthusiastically encourages study abroad for all students by
providing guidance to every interested student. Each year, more than 300 Lehigh students
study abroad in more than 50 programs. Short-term experiences as well as more traditional
semester and yearlong programs in over 30 countries outside the United States are offered. On
campus, 25 student clubs and organizations, in partnership with its 600 members around the
world, form the Global Union. They offer more than 50 programs each year, including the
International Week celebration, the largest of its kind in the country.
Consistent with its long held commitment to the importance of public service, the Lehigh
University Community Service Office helps to integrate opportunities for community service
into the lives of students, faculty and staff. Presently, over 100 local agencies are assisted by
Lehigh volunteers from the Lehigh community. Substantial numbers of student volunteers
tutor local public elementary and middle school children, while others work under the
auspices of Spring SERVE to provide a useful alternative to leisure activities more generally
associated with spring break. Formed in teams with students from other colleges and
universities, Lehigh students travel to a variety of locations around the country to lend their
services to those in need. Some examples of recent Spring SERVE sites include Habitat for
Humanity in South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, as well as volunteer work with the homeless
of Boston, Massachusetts.
Athletics at Lehigh has a rich history and sparks great interest within the campus community.
Over 70% of Lehigh students participate in athletic programs, recently ranked in the top 20 by
U.S. News and World Report’s, “America’s Best Sports Programs”. Students participate in
more than 40 intramural and club sports; faculty and staff join students in recreational, fitness,
and instructional programming. As a founding member of the Patriot League, Lehigh
sponsors 25 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports teams ; 12 for men and 13 for women.
Lehigh University is especially proud of the fact that for six years, The Patriot League has
ranked first among all Division I conferences in student-athlete graduation rates. Lehigh is
among the leaders in the league, graduating nearly 90% of its student athletes and ranking
first nationally in 2002 with a 96% graduation rate.
Lehigh’s athletic program is greatly enhanced by the Marching 97, which celebrates its 97th
year as a completely student-run marching band, and the Lehigh cheerleading and dance
teams which perform at football and basketball games. The Hawk’s Nest, an organization in
the Lehigh Association of Student Alumni is a valued student spirit group, providing
tremendous support for Lehigh athletic events.
Lehigh has recently established the endowed Murray H. Goodman Dean of Athletics position,
with a gift from alumnus Murray H. Goodman, ’48. The position is tho ught to be the first at a
Division I institution. The endowment is intended to strengthen Lehigh’s long-standing
commitment to scholarly excellence in athletics, and to attract student athletes and coaches
who share such a commitment.
LEHIGH ’S FINANCES
As a result of a disciplined budget practice, careful set asides for contingency reserves, and a
continuous rather than deferred investment program in plant preservation, Lehigh continues to
enjoy a record of operating surpluses. Their balanced revenue sources include, but are not
limited to: Tuition and Fees (51%), Endowment Earnings (13%), Research Grants and
Contracts (12%), Auxiliary Revenues (11%), and Gifts (4%). Twenty-eight percent of
financial aid is funded by endowment/gift sources.
The tuition discount rate is competitive with peer institutions; similarly, Indirect Cost
Recovery rates are competitive with peer institutions.
With respect to the endowment, over 35% of Lehigh’s approximately $925 million
endowment is unrestricted in purpose, allowing flexibility in use of the income. Endowment
investment performance is continually in the top half to top quartile vs. NACUBO
Endowment Study participants. Annual endowment spending is on par with peer institutions,
as is the bond rating.
Current and past debt practices allow for reasonable levels of future debt issuance without risk
to the university’s current Aa3/AA- rating
LEHIGH ALUMNI AND GIVING
Among its many sources of pride are the extraordinary accomplishments of Lehigh Alumni.
With more than 55,000 alumni around the world, many of whom are in positions of
leadership, it is a testimony to Lehigh to observe how many are active in Lehigh alumni
events and fundraising. Lehigh’s rank in alumni giving participation among U.S. higher
education institutions has increased from 12th to 7th in the last decade. Lehigh alumni act as
ambassadors for all that the Lehigh family cherishes. And Lehigh parents, an integral part of
the Lehigh family, join with alums to participate in the Lehigh Parents Committee, the Lehigh
Leadership Fund and the Asa Packer Society. The Lehigh Fund annually supports every
aspect of university life at Lehigh, including a financial aid budget of over $55 million for
undergraduate and graduate students. One third of the budget for the athletics department, for
example, is presently provided through the Lehigh Athletics Partnership, with more than
2,000 athletics alumni annually giving $750,000.
The fact that Lehigh University has an endowment of approximately $925 million is largely
attributable to the exceptional generosity of Lehigh alumni, parents and friends. Most
recently, alumni have been extraordinarily generous supporters of the $500 million capital
campaign, Shine Forever: The Campaign for Lehigh which began in late 2004. Funds for 45
fully endowed chairs, with an average endowment of $2 million per chair, have now been
raised, many being the result of remarkable generosity by Lehigh alums. As earlier noted, the
campaign is designed with several clear priorities, all of which are intended to facilitate
Lehigh’s quest for sustained and enhanced excellence. While the campaign has a plethora of
priorities, included among them are the procurement of funds to endow even more faculty
chairs to attract and retain an ever expanding cadre of renowned faculty; to endow more
student scholarships to continue to attract the very best students; to endow academic programs
that continue the traditions of innovation and cross-disciplinarity, to enhance and enrich
student life and athletics; and t build and enhance the Lehigh Fund to sustain university
The Lehigh University of Board of Trustees looks forward to the appointment of a new
President who will not only embrace the goals of the campaign under way, but who will
provide leadership in reaching out to the philanthropic community to enable Lehigh to exceed
its institutional dreams and aspirations.
LEHIGH IN THE FUTURE
Lehigh University stakes a claim to excellence and innovation in the academic terrain located
somewhere between comparably sized private Ivy League institutions and state- funded
institutions. The intent of Shine Forever: The Campaign for Lehigh is to enable Lehigh to
compete with institutions possessing much grander financial portfolios by using its innovative
program development and its facility for accommodating creative collaboration to move
quickly to confront changing academic environments. Toward this end, Lehigh will continue
its quest to attract and retain young intellectual entrepreneurs. While this presents an exciting
challenge for those in leadership positions, the ability to recruit and retain a young, productive
and diverse faculty will require vision, rigor, and greater attention to the changing
demographics and long-term needs of faculty. Lehigh will look to its next President to set the
bar high for the accomplishment of these ambitious goals.
Lehigh’s commitment to increased excellence is partnered with its dedication to diversity and
to a campus climate that supports tolerance for, and an appreciation of, intellectual pluralism.
Meaningful strategic planning will need to continue to ensure that every undergraduate
program and every graduate program meets the highest standards, that recruitment, tenure and
promotion standards for faculty are comparable to those at peer and aspirational institut ions,
that the definition of aspirational peer institutions is annually ratcheted up, that graduate
programs are among those judged to be the best in the nation, that attractive career
opportunities are provided for students, and that the entry class continues the trajectory of
increased selectivity with each passing year. While to be sure, Lehigh has an ever escalating
need for greater external resources, in the final analysis, Lehigh is extremely fortunate to be a
university richly endowed with resources which it must commit to the wisest and best use,
such that its legacy is forever being strengthened.
FAST FACTS - LEHIGH AT A GLANCE
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (50 miles north of Philadelphia ; 75 miles southwest of
New York City, both via interstate highways)
Status: Co-educational, non-denominational, and private
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Advanced degrees include
Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of
Engineering, Master of Science, Educational Specialist, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of
• Research University (high research activity)
• Undergraduate Instructional Program: Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high
• Graduate Instructional Program: Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
• Enrollment Profile: High undergraduate
• Undergraduate Profile: Full- time four- year
• Size and Setting: Medium four- year, highly residential
U.S. News and World Report 2006 Rankings:
• 32nd: Undergraduate National Universities
• 26th: “Great Schools, Great Prices”
• 21ST Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering
• 41st Undergraduate Engineering
• 87th Undergraduate Business
• 43rd Graduate Engineering
• 49th Graduate Education
Students and Faculty (as of Fall 2005)
• Undergraduates: 4,656; 59% men, 41% women
• Graduate students: 2,069; 54% men, 46% women
• Faculty: 621 total instructional faculty; 434 full- time faculty (approximately 35% of
the faculty were hired in the last decade; 40% of new faculty are women and
• Undergraduate student-to- faculty ratio: 9.3:1
• Percentage of faculty with Ph.D.: 99%
Class of 2009 Profile (entering Fall 2005)
• 10,501 high school seniors applied for the first year class entering in fall 2005
• 4,347 admitted (41.4% admit rate)
• 1,223 matriculated (28.1% yield rate)
• Quality indicators of 1st year students
o Median SAT: 1320
o 78% in Top 10 percent of their high school class
Peer Benchmarks (as compared to To p 50 National Universities and Patriot League)
• SAT (1998-2004)
o Lehigh University: 11 pts increase per year (65 pts total from 1245 to 1310)
o Peer average: 5-6 pts increase per year
o Only five other universities have increased median SAT by more than 65
points since 1998: University of Southern California, Washington University
(St Louis), University of California-Irvine, Tulane, and University of Chicago
o Lehigh is 1st in Patriot League in increased median SAT
• Applications (2001-2005)
o Lehigh University: 30.5% increase (from 8,041 to 10,501)
o Peer average: 9.2% increase
o Pool of College-bound high school students: 5.8% increase
o Only five other universities have increased applications at greater rate than
Lehigh between 2001 and 2004: Tulane, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Duke and
o Lehigh is 1st in Patriot league school in the increase in applications over past 4
Career Summary & Placement Class of 2004 graduates
• 57% employed by 272 firms including Fortune 500, mid-size and small employers
(started at salarie s comparable to or more than national averages)
• 32% enrolled in 72 highly competitive graduate or professional schools
• 94% employed, in graduate school, in the military, traveling or making other definite
plans within six months of graduation
• College of Arts and Sciences
• College of Business and Economics
• P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
• College of Education (primarily graduate offerings)
More than 2,000 listed in course catalog
Undergraduate Areas of Study: 77 undergraduate majors offered
Undergraduate Costs (2005-06):
• Tuition: $31,180
• Room and Board: $8,560
• Technology Fee: $200 (Students can expect to spend approximately $2,010 a year on
books, fees, and miscellaneous expenses. Add $300 for engineering/science fee.)
Two -degree Programs
• Arts and Engineering
• 5-year B.A. or B.S./M.Ed. combined degree program
• Civil Engineering/Environmental Science
• Electrical Engineering/Engineering Physics
• Interdisciplinary Programs: Open to all students; includes Integrated Product
Development (IPD), Bioengineering, Computer Science and Business, and Lehigh
Earth Observatory (LEO).
• Integrated Business and Engineering: A 5- year honors program designed to prepare
leaders of the corporate world for the 21st century by providing them with a sound
foundation in both management and technology.
• Accelerated 7- year baccalaureate-M.D. program with Drexel University College of
• 7-year baccalaureate-D.M.D. dental program with University of Pennsylvania
• 7-year baccalaureate-O.D. optometry program with the State University of New York,
College of Optometry
• Lehigh-Pool Scholars Premedical Education Program
More than 300 Lehigh students from a variety of majors study abroad each year, choosing
from more than 50 programs in 30 countries. Lehigh’s campus is just as diverse, becoming
home to nearly 500 international students from 65 countries each year.
To enhance Lehigh’s international experience, the Global Union promotes global awareness
and cultural understanding within the Lehigh community and the Lehigh Valley. This
coalition of more than 25 student clubs and organizations offers more than 50 internationally
related cultural, social, and academic programs each year, including the nation’s largest
International Week celebration. In addition, the Global Union brings international decision-
makers to campus, offers language exchange programs, and visits the United Nations and
NATO headquarters. The Global Union has a beautiful lounge that offers a satellite television,
with direct connections to programs from many countries around the world. The Global
Union’s more than 600 members represent over 30 countries, including the United States.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID
Undergraduate Financial Aid (2003-2004)
• University-provided grants and scholarships: $36 million
• Total scholarship/grant aid from any source (institutional, federal, state, external):
• Students receiving Lehigh aid: more than 50 percent
Academic Merit Awards
Asa Packer Scholarship: $15,000 renewable scholarship award for superior academic and
leadership achievement. The scholarship is given to top 5 percent of the applicant pool. Not
based on financial need
Dean’s Scholarships : About 10 percent of first-year students receive renewable $10,000
awards for outstanding academic and leadership achievement. Not based on financial need.
Dexter and Dorothy Baker Scholarships for the Performing Arts : These renewable
scholarships provide annual awards of $2,500 to students who demonstrate an outstanding
talent in instrumental music or theatre. Not based on financial need.
President’s Scholarships : 12- month tuition scholarships awarded to graduating Lehigh
seniors who complete an undergraduate degree and meet GPA requirements. This scholarship
can be used for second bachelor’s degree or toward a master’s degree.
Rodale Program in Online Journalism and Communication: Qualified students will
receive a $2,500 scholarship (which may be renewed for three additional years); opportunities
to intern at Rodale Inc. or other prominent media institutions; and one-on-one instruction with
Lehigh-Pool Scholars Premedical Education Program: This highly competitive program,
open to a limited number of outstanding, strongly motivated students, includes guaranteed,
paid summer research opportunities ($3,000 per summer) between the sophomore-junior and
junior-senior years in biomedical settings.
Air Products Scholars Program: First-year students of color in chemical, mechanical and
materials science engineering are eligible for this program, which offers $10,000 scholarships
and mentoring by Air Products and Chemicals employees.
Career Services helps all students with career planning, teaches effective job search strategies,
and facilitates networking between students, alumni, and employers. Individual counseling
and assessment assists students to identify interests, abilities, skills, and work values. Career
library holds information on career fields and graduate and professional schools, employer
directories, market trends and salary information, and employer files.
Other Services and Resources
• Health and law pre-professional advising is available.
• Alumni serve as career advisers through LUCAN (Lehigh Career Advising Network).
• Full- time, part-time, and summer jobs are posted on Career Services’ Web site,
www.career.lehigh.edu. Students must register to use this service, which allows them
to search jobs by major, employer, and location.
• On-campus interviews for full-time jobs, internships, and co-ops are scheduled with
approximately 400 organizations each year.
• The Center for Writing, Math & Study Skills offers free tutoring in writing,
mathematics, and study skills.
• EXCEL provides counseling, tutoring, and career mentoring for students of color.
• Office of International Education supports international students and scholars in
cultural, academic, and immigration matters.
• The Dean of Students Office provides peer tutoring in most first year- and sophomore-
level courses, an absence-reporting system, academic monitoring programs, academic
petitions for special exceptions, academic support services for students with
disabilities, and consultation on academic concerns.
Health and Well-Being
• Health and Wellness Center treats most illnesses and injuries and provides health
education outreach to students.
• Counseling and Psychological Services provides group and individual assistance to
students with psychological, interpersonal, and individual problems.
• Fitness Center has exercise equipment, aerobics classes, and pool.
• More than 572 microcomputers and high-performance workstations in 30-plus public
computing sites around campus
• High-speed printers, plotters
• Continuous upgrades to computing capacity
• Online class registration
• Widespread wireless access
• Classroom technology, portable computer projectors
• Services available electronically 24 hours per day
• Seminars, documentation, help desk for students
• Wireless laptops for short-term loan
• Online course registration
• Two libraries (Linderman and Fairchild-Martindale)
• More than 1.2 million library volumes
• 6,300 serial print subscriptions
• 645,000 government documents
• 1.7 million library microforms
• 5,000 videos
• 24,000 rare books
• Convenient access to 90 electronic databases
• 2,700 full-text electronic journal, newsletters
• Services available electronically 24 hours per day
• Seminars, help desk for students
• World View Room features domestic and international cultural and news programs on
wide-screen television down- linked via satellite
• Media Production Center (Linderman Library) for preparing materials for
presentations, digital cameras, color laser printers, scanners, video editors, studios
• Media Production Center (Fairchild-Martindale Library) for basic production services,
• International Multimedia Resource Center
• Media Center (Fairchild-Martindale Library) has student self-service basic media
production software and equipment (scanners, color printers, presentation and desktop
Networking and Communications
• Student residence rooms equipped with digital telephone system, voice mail
• Student residence rooms connected to high-speed backbone
• Continuous upgrades to networking capacity
• High-speed connection to World Wide Web
• 1,600 acres on 3 contiguous campuses
• Main academic campus on the wooded northern slope of South Mountain
• More than 147 buildings with 3.6 million-plus square feet of classroom, laboratory,
office and living space
• 180 acres of playing fields
• Half of campus preserved as open space
Residence Halls and Residential Colleges
Student housing is guaranteed at Lehigh through the sophomore year. Most residence halls are
doubles, with a limited number of singles and triples. Apartment-style and suite-style living
also is available. Special living opportunities include Taylor College (which offers interaction
with a faculty resident), the ROTC Service House, substance- free housing; and the UMOJA
House ( established to encourage a sense of unity and pride among students of color at
Lehigh). All residence hall rooms are equipped with telephone, cable and direct Internet
The Greek System
Lehigh offers a unique learning environment centered on scholarship, leadership, and service.
There are 22 fraternities and 9 sororities, of which 33 percent of the men and 39 percent of the
women affiliate, respectively.
25 Division I Intercollegiate Sports for Men and Women
• Men’s sports: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer,
swimming & diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), wrestling
• Women’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, crew, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,
softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), volleyball
• 16,000-seat Goodman Stadium; 5,600-capacity Stabler Arena; newly renovated Grace
Hall; fully-equipped Welch Fitness Center in Taylor Gym; Deming Lewis Tennis
Center; Rauch Field House; Cundey Varsity House and Ulrich Sports Complex are
among the prominent sports facilities, many of which are located on the 500+ acre
• A founding member of the Patriot League, which includes American, Army, Bucknell,
Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, and Navy as all-sports members.
• 40+ intramural and club sports
• 70% of undergraduates take part in intramural, club or varsity sports
Activities: 140-plus student organizations and clubs in politics and student government,
music and drama, newspaper and radio station, volunteerism, religion, sports and special
Publications and Radio
Brown and White (twice-weekly newspaper), Epitome (yearbook), Amaranth (literary
magazine), Vox (architecture), Lehigh Review (liberal arts journal), Perspectives on Business
and Economics (undergraduate business journal), Outposts (gender issues), WLVR-FM
Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
LU Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, LU Choir, Choral Union,
Lehigh University Very Modern Ensemble (LUVME), Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz
Combo, Marching 97 Band, Pep Band, Chamber Ensembles, Genesis (Gospel Choir),
Overtones (a capella), Opera and Musical Theatre, Mustard and Cheese Drama Society, Lab
Theatre, Dancin’, Lehigh University Art Collection and Galleries
Hillel Society, Islamic Association, Lehigh Christian Fellowship, Lutheran Student
Association, Muslim Students Association, Navigators, Newman Association
Governance and Coordinating Councils
Student Senate, Residence Hall Association, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council,
University Productions, Gryphon Society, Association of Student Alumni (ASA)
Environmental and political interest clubs, foreign language and cultural societies, service
organizations, military groups, course related societies, engineering and science societies,
honorary societies, academic honor societies, special interest organizations, women’s
organizations, and organizations for students of color.