John Smeaton to retire at end of 2015-16 academic year


After 32 years at Lehigh, John Smeaton, the vice provost for Student Affairs will retire at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, according to an email to the Lehigh community from Provost Pat Farrell.

John Smeaton has served as Lehigh's Vice Provost for Student Affairs for 20 years. He will retire at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. (Courtesy of

John Smeaton has served as Lehigh’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs for 20 years. He will retire at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. (Courtesy of

Smeaton has spent the last 20 years in his current position. He started in 1984 as Lehigh’s Dean of Students. He was promoted to assistant vice president for Student Affairs in 1987 and then vice provost in 1995.

“He’s also been extremely involved in the university’s efforts to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment and in nurturing a community of respect,” wrote Farrell. “He will be deeply missed.”

Smeaton’s jurisdiction of Student Affairs, one of the largest divisions at Lehigh, includes the Dean of Students Office, the Health and Wellness Center, University Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Advancement and Prevention Strategies, the Women’s Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Pride Center and ROTC.

According to a Lehigh news article, Farrell said a search committee will be formed to find Smeaton’s replacement.

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  1. John W Smeation is a person of a very poor character. He belongs to an institution where there are many drunkards, addicts, and crazy students. Smeaton’s goal is to protect Lehigh University’s reputation. He does not care what is right and what is wrong. Lehigh University has a terrible, inefficient staff. They are too busy to help students. Glad Smeaton is going away.

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