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2021 Annual Report

Annual Report 2021

'A Renewed Sense of Purpose'

Asa Packer founded Lehigh University in 1865, during a time of profound change in the United States. More than a century and a half later, we continue to navigate change on our campus, in our nation and around the world. Although Lehigh has grown and evolved since its founding, its primary goal has remained the same: to contribute positively to a changing world. As Lehigh alumni, we know this mission well. It comes as no surprise then, that in 2021, we witnessed the Lehigh community contributing to our world through brilliant and groundbreaking scholarship, thoughtful leadership, vibrant learning experiences, and creative, collaborative and meaningful initiatives designed to drive positive change both locally and globally.

This Annual Report invites us to recall just some of the Lehigh moments that shaped 2021—a year characterized by the challenges of an ongoing pandemic and the tremendous capacity of the Lehigh community to embrace change and persevere. It offered countless reminders of what we love most about Lehigh, what we value, and what we want to become. It brought forth new perspectives and a renewed sense of purpose. And, as challenging times often do, it presented a new beginning filled with possibilities. With characteristic enthusiasm, excellence and determination, Lehigh advanced its mission through initiatives ranging from the creation of the first-annual Civic Engagement Day, to the inaugural semester of Lehigh Launch, an experiential, integrated outdoor learning experience that brought first-year students to the American West and will offer an international component with Ecuador/ Galapagos Islands, to the establishment of the Marcon Institute, which supports faculty-mentored undergraduate student research on social justice. The cutting-edge Health, Science and Technology (HST) Building, an interdisciplinary research space scheduled to open in January 2022, serves as a visible mark of possibility and momentum.

As we reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and continue to tackle the problems of today and tomorrow, we remember the legacy we keep: one inspired by change and born of challenge and excellence.

Thank you for all you do to strengthen and support our beloved university as it moves into its next great chapter. As Chair of the Board and President of Lehigh, we are extremely proud and grateful to help lead such a world-class institution. We thank each and every member of our community for making Lehigh so special.


Joseph Helble

Joseph J. Helble '82

Kevin Clayton

Kevin L. Clayton '84 '13P
Chair of the Board

Featured Stories

Artist rendering of HST building

A Revolutionary New Space for Interdisciplinary Research

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Helble inauguration

Inauguration of President Joseph J. Helble ’82 Opens Founder’s Weekend

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President Simon presents Provost Urban with Lehigh medallion

Nathan Urban Installed as Provost

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Public-Health Prognosticators: Forecasting Public Health Events

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Collage of five women

Soaring Together: 50 Years of Coeducation

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Charles Marcon

A New Institute Dedicated to Social Justice

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Two students at the Gannett Peak summit

Lehigh Launch Starts First-Year Students in American West

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Additional Stories

AI to Pave the Way to Increased Waste-to-Energy Production

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Lehigh Joins National Alliance Aimed at Developing More Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty

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$5 Million Gift from the Iacocca Family Foundation

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LUAG Receives CDC Grant to Support Community Well-Being

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Lehigh Breaks Ground on New College of Business Building

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Lehigh, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Work Toward Microgrid for Charging Zero-Emission Vehicles

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Lehigh University Faculty Awarded Federal Grants for Special Ed, Reading Skills Research

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Lehigh Recognized by NAFSA with 2021 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

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Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset at LehighSiliconValley

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Creating Artificial Meat

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Celebrating Lehigh’s Class of 2021

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LUAG’s Outdoor Sculptures Infuse Campus with Art

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Let's GO:
A Campaign Update

It’s a time for new beginnings at Lehigh, with a new president and provost, exciting new initiatives, and milestone GO moments. But every beginning starts with just one—one moment, one gift, one research project, one scholarship ... one person taking action to have impact. Each beginning builds to something great, leaving a lasting impact on a scholarship recipient, a field, a program, and even a Lehigh generation yet to come.

Lehigh Alumni Engagement

Better Together

Bringing alumni and friends together is a primary goal of GO: The Campaign for Lehigh. In 2021, Lehigh alumni were able to return to some traditional in-person experiences while continuing to engage digitally. The Rally returned to the Clayton University Center lawn, where Lehigh celebrated 50 years of undergraduate coeducation, with the first woman to represent an adopting class, Karen Stuckey ’75. Founder's Weekend featured the in-person inauguration of President Joseph J. Helble ’82, the return of the Leadership Recognition Dinner, and a weekend full of festivities that brought Lehigh’s vibrant community together.

At the same time, the university launched Lehigh Lessons, a fully digital program of teachings by alumni for alumni, hosted a virtual 5K, and offered a new online telecast Fan Pack for The Rivalry. Plus, professional alliances continued to gather on Slack and Zoom, and Lehigh Connects produced thousands of interactions among alumni and students.

By the Numbers

$751M Raised toward $1 billion-plus campaign goal
31% Alumni engaged toward 50% campaign goal
270 New endowed scholarships since the start of the campaign
7,800 Alumni, parents and friends support the Lehigh Fund on average each year

GO Moments

Here are a few examples of how donors are making a difference.

Charles Marcon

Marcon Institute

To establish an institute dedicated to research and study that influences perspectives, practices and policies on racial justice, and to prepare and deploy undergraduate scholars to work alongside community partners to enact change in the arena of social justice.

Beall Fowler ’59 ’85P ’89P ’16GP

Community Voices Clinic

To fund the Community Voices Clinic, a schoolbased mental health clinic established in 2012 through a partnership between Lehigh’s counseling psychology program, the Bethlehem Area School District and Resolve Mental Health Services.

Iacocca Family Foundation

Iacocca Institute

A matching gift to support continued success in training the global leaders of the future, expand into new global regions, increase access to leadership training and drive new innovations in global leadership education.

Evelina Taber ’93

New Business Building

In support of the Lehigh Business building, which will offer collaborative spaces and innovative technology to prepare talented students for excellence.

Cathy Engelbert ’86 ’23P

Lead Scholars Program

LEAD will bring together cohorts of women and male student-athlete advocates in a development program that empowers and impacts women student-athletes, staff and girls in the community.

John ’04 and Chrissie McDonough ’04 ’16G

Lehigh Fund

To make the Lehigh experience possible for the best students, regardless of financial background, and enrich Lehigh’s reputation and its hallmark learning and living experience.


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