As family, friends and members of the Lehigh community looked on, Robert A. Flowers II was formally installed Thursday morning as the 11th dean of Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences and the fourth person to hold the Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel endowed position.
In the morning ceremony held in the Butz Lobby of Zoellner Arts Center, Provost Pat Farrell recognized Flowers, who previously held the position of deputy provost for faculty affairs, for his myriad contributions to Lehigh University and to the arts and sciences.
“Bob brings a unique perspective to this new role, well-informed by his work in the provost’s office and his years of teaching and research in the College of Arts and Sciences,” Farrell told the more than 100 people who had gathered for the ceremony. “He has an appreciation for Lehigh’s past and for an expansive plan for the future, and we know he will serve both the college and the university well as we continue to move forward.
“I’m excited about the initiatives Bob will lead us to accomplish in his role as dean, such as providing a supportive and inclusive environment to enable excellence in scholarly activity and teaching,” he said, “while furthering strides in national and international recognition for the college.”
To applause, Farrell also presented Flowers with the Lehigh medallion.