Annual Report 2019

Undeniably Lehigh

Annual Report 2019

A collage of people featured in the Annual Report
University Center at night with Founder's Day logo projected onto it
A group of students working at a creek

Lehigh has cultivated and celebrated these attributes in its people for more than 150 years.

These qualities stand firm at the core of our great institution and rest at the heart of the countless accomplishments of members of the Lehigh family all over the world. They are the reason we continue to attract and produce the leaders we need today, and the ones we’ll need tomorrow. The faces may change. The campus may evolve. But our values remain the same. They make us who we are and remind us of who we want to be: undeniably Lehigh.

Each year, Lehigh faculty, students, staff and alumni demonstrate what makes our university stand apart. This past year was no different.

Grounded in the same commitment to education and innovation upon which Lehigh was founded, our university community has continued to make significant progress under our Path to Prominence plan. And as our commitment to build the Lehigh of the future continues, so does our motivation to stay true to the qualities that have always defined Lehigh: compassion, tenacity, pragmatism, resilience, collaboration and innovation. They are the same qualities that bolster our confidence in Lehigh’s potential to have an even wider impact on the world.

We entered our second year of GO: The Campaign for Lehigh, which channels the generosity of the Lehigh family to build an even stronger, more dynamic university. This past fall, we reopened Chandler-Ullmann Hall after significant renovations brought the building into the 21st century while maintaining its distinctive architectural character. We celebrated the completed renovation of Fairchild-Martindale Library and the opening of the new SouthSide Commons residential complex. This summer, the Center for Career and Professional Development moved to a modern new space in Maginnes Hall. We broke ground on the Health, Science and Technology Building, which will serve as the home of our new College of Health and an innovative hub for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The New Residential Houses have begun to rise up on South Mountain, a beacon of the exciting future of student life on our campus.

Our distinguished faculty continue to pursue cutting-edge research that has real impact in the world. Our students are learning and leading on campus and off, locally and globally. Our efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive campus continue through initiatives that focus on unity, respect and support. We remain on target to welcome the first cohort of students to the College of Health in fall 2020.

We have much to celebrate, and much more to accomplish. Our community of scholars is making a tangible difference in the world, from the classrooms of our beautiful campus to the streets of South Bethlehem, to communities across the globe. The stories you’ll read in this report illustrate the distinctive qualities that are brought to life by the members of the campus community.

This progress confirms what we’ve always known: that Lehigh University provides limitless opportunities for creative and inspiring leaders to take on the challenges of our rapidly changing world—and that Lehigh leaders are eager to embrace those opportunities. Their impact extends beyond boundaries and borders, across disciplines and divides, and even back to the university itself, where the dedication and loyalty of our alumni make so many things possible.

Read on to experience the incredible work and the exciting developments that marked this past year and which illustrate the enduring qualities of our community that are distinctively and undeniably Lehigh.

John Simon John D. Simon '19PPRESIDENT
Kevin Clayton Kevin L. Clayton '84 '13PCHAIR OF THE BOARD