Rendering of Lehigh Business new building

Bosland Gift to Establish New Financial Services Lab

The lab will have prominent location in proposed new building.

By Dawn Thren '21P

When Jeff Bosland ’88 ’22P talks about his undergraduate education, he freely shares that as a first-generation college student, Lehigh gave him so much. Forever grateful, Bosland and his wife, Debbie ’22P,  recently named the Financial Services Lab in the future Lehigh Business building with a $2.5 million gift.   

“It is an honor for me and my wife to support the Financial Services Lab,” said Bosland, senior managing director, Cerberus Capital’s Operations and Advisory Company, and a Lehigh University Board of Trustee member. “I was fortunate enough that Lehigh gave me a scholarship, then gave me an outstanding education, and then gave me a chance to get a job.” 

Rendering of Bosland Financial Services Lab. 

Rendering of Bosland Financial Services Lab. 

The Bosland Financial Services Lab will have a prominent first-floor location in the future 60,000-square-foot facility planned for construction catty-corner from the existing Rauch Business Center. The building is a priority of GO: The Campaign for Lehigh, the $1 billion-plus fundraising and engagement initiative that is strengthening Lehigh’s efforts to attract the best students, develop new facilities and programs, and support the research of Lehigh’s renowned faculty. 

“Providing students with access to real-world technology is crucial as they prepare to be tomorrow’s business leaders,” said President John D. Simon ’19P. “The Bosland Financial Services Lab will match the financial databases and industry software found on Wall Street that will allow students to have the best tools available as they prepare for life after Lehigh.” 

Bosland’s success in the financial services industry spans three decades. After beginning his career at Salomon Brothers, Bosland spent nearly a decade at Bankers Trust, where he was responsible for the U.S. interest rate swap business. Later, as a member of the JPMorgan Corporate and Investment Bank management committee, he held multiple senior positions, including global head of treasury services and head of U.S. public finance, a number-one ranked franchise by International Financing Review in 2011.

“When I showed up on Wall Street, I worked with a lot of smart people who came from top-rated schools. My Lehigh education and work ethic made competing in that environment something I was able to accomplish at a high level,” said Bosland, referring to his Lehigh roots. 

Through his volunteerism and resources, Bosland has been paying forward his self-proclaimed debt to Lehigh for decades. He served as a member of the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and is now, with Debbie, a member of Lehigh’s Parents’ Council. They have also generously given to Lehigh’s scholarship and financial aid program, capital projects, athletics, the College of Business and the Lehigh Fund. 

In addition to Bosland’s recent gift, other generous donors have committed gifts to the new Lehigh Business facility. In 2017, Hemali and Sanjay Shah ’89 MBA provided a gift to endow the Vistex Institute for Executive Learning and Research and provide funding for its home in the new building. Leadership support has also been provided by Board of Trustee member Frank (Ted) E. Walsh III ’88 and his wife, Karen; and Daniel Hyman ’02 and his wife, Vivien Wadeck. Alison and Norman Axelrod ’74 are funding the Business Analytics Teaching and Research Lab, which will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for teaching information systems and analytics. A pooled gift among PwC partners, employees and the PwC Foundation will support a “Wall of Fame” honoring Lehigh business leaders. 

To learn how you can support Lehigh Business initiatives and the recently announced building expansion, contact Jim Mann, director of development, Lehigh Business, at (610) 758-5689 or jam508@lehigh.edu

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