The 14th president of Lehigh University, John D. Simon, took his office on July 1. Coming to Lehigh from the University of Virginia, where he served as the executive vice president and provost, Simon will follow interim president Kevin Clayton.
Clayton was appointed as interim president on July 9, 2014, and served as Lehigh’s interim president for the past year while the university continued the search for a permanent president. Simon was appointed on October 17, 2014.
“As I have said on numerous occasions, I have never been more bullish about Lehigh’s future with John at the helm,” Clayton said in a farewell email to the Lehigh community. Clayton will be returning to his position of vice-chair of the Board of Trustees on July 2.
Throughout Clayton’s time as president, he helped many of Lehigh’s ongoing projects develop such as Data X, Creative Spaces and Mountaintop. Clayton also noted in his email that throughout his time as interim president, the Lehigh community “made meaningful strides toward creating a more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive campus climate.”
An email sent to the Lehigh community by John Simon on July 1, his first day in office, he said he is very proud and honored to be at Lehigh.
“In the months to come, we will celebrate 150 years of a proud history, and will look ahead to a shared journey as we define the future of this great university,” Simon said.
Below is a timeline of Clayton’s time at Lehigh.