Allison Gulati, associate dean of students and director of strategic initiatives at Lehigh, will start at Muhlenberg College on August 1 as vice president of student affairs and dean of students, according to an announcement on Muhlenberg’s website.
Gulati has been at Lehigh since 2003 and has held roles such as assistant director of residence life, assistant dean of students and director of student leadership development and associate dean of students.
“This is just a great opportunity to take on some new challenges at a new institution,” Gulati said.
Her position at Muhlenberg will essentially make her the chief student affairs officer at the school, giving her new responsibilities to oversee different departments such as health, counseling and police.
With Muhlenburg being located in Allentown, she stressed that continuing to be close by to Lehigh was a plus to her, as she’ll be able to stay in the Lehigh Valley. She said this will allow her to stay connected with many of her Lehigh colleagues.
“I have absolutely loved Lehigh University, I’ve been there for 14 years and it’s certainly been my home,” Gulati said. “We’re doing such wonderful things there, and I’ve worked with such phenomenal people all around who care so much about our students that I know that wonderful work will continue. I’m excited to be local to be able to watch that happen here at Lehigh as well.”
Gulati’s move follows the announcement of Sharon Basso’s departure from the Dean of Students Office as well. Basso will be leaving Lehigh to be the vice president of student affairs at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.