Trustees Announce Decision to Take "No Action" on President Trump Honorary Degree Petition

Update, Jan 8, 2021: The Board of Trustees of Lehigh University voted and affirmed the decision to rescind and revoke the honorary degree granted to Donald J. Trump in 1988. 

Lehigh University encourages respectful dialogue, discussion and learning about important societal issues. 

The Board of Trustees remains committed to the university’s values and to its “­Principles of Our Equitable Community,” which recognize each person’s right to think and speak as dictated by personal belief and to respectfully disagree with or counter another’s point of view. 

These values provide meaningful guidance when deliberating or making decisions that impact the Lehigh community. In considering a petition regarding the honorary degree given 29 years ago to President Donald Trump, the Board of Trustees engaged in lengthy, full and robust discussions. The Board has concluded that no action will be taken.

Related Stories

Lehigh Campus

Lehigh Names Search Committee Co-Chairs as Presidential Search Process Begins

Maria L. Chrin ’87 ’10P and Philip B. Sheibley ’81 ’19P will lead the process to select Lehigh’s 15th president.

Lehigh President John D. Simon standing in front of Linderman Library doors

Lehigh President John D. Simon to Step Down in June 2021

A formal search process for his successor will commence soon.