Since the installment of Lehigh’s 14th president John D. Simon on July 1, 2015, the university has seen a turnover in many administrative offices, as well as the creation of several new positions.
Below are summaries of many of the major changes that have taken place within Lehigh’s administrative offices over the past two years.
Dean of Students Office/Student Affairs
Allison Gulati, who had served as the associate dean of students and director of strategic initiatives, left in August after 13 years at Lehigh. In July, Katherine Lavinder transitioned from the role of associate dean of academic life and student transitions to the position of interim dean of students.
Sharon Basso, the former associate vice provost of Student Affairs and dean of students, left Lehigh in May after 27 years. Formerly the director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Ian Birky assumed the role of interim vice provost for Student Affairs in May following the retirement of John Smeaton after his 32 years at Lehigh.
In July 2015, Kate Colyer assumed the inaugural position of assistant director of the Community Service Office and Katie Robinson was appointed the new director of the Center for Academic Success.
Barbara Ryan Hausman assumed the role of director of Learning Disability Support Services in June 2015.
Formerly a staff psychologist in the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, Laurie Gray Evans was named the full-time director of student support and case management services at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
Admissions & Financial Aid
In August, J. Leon Washington left Lehigh after serving nine years as vice provost of admissions and financial aid. Bruce Bunnick, the former director of admissions, assumed the role of interim vice provost of admissions and financial aid.
Office of Residence Life
In July 2015, Amanda (Gilmore) Slichter, Sarah Thompson and Lou Gardiner were hired as assistant directors of Residence Life. Ashley Lemmons assumed the role of assistant dean and director of Residence Life in August 2015. Courtney Stephens was named the associate director of Residence Life at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
Office of Student Leadership Development
In July, Carter Gilbert, formerly the assistant director in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, assumed the role of assistant director of Greek leadership.
Zach Brown was named the new assistant director of Greek leadership development in August 2015, replacing Stephanie Burke, who transitioned to the position of assistant dean and director of the First-Year Experience.
At the start of the 2015-16 academic year, Christina Jordan assumed the role of assistant director of Student Leadership Development and Anna Patterson, ‘13, a former women’s lacrosse team captain, was named assistant director of Athletics Leadership Development. Julie Ammary, ‘07, was appointed director of athletics leadership at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
In July, Carter Gilbert, a former assistant director in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, assumed the role of assistant director of Greek leadership in the Office of Leadership Development.
Liz Shayler, who was also an assistant director of the OFSA, was promoted to associate director in July. That position was previously held by Ashley Baudouin, who had been promoted to assistant dean of students and director of the OFSA in February after serving as interim following the departure of Tim Wilkinson in June 2015. Brigette Gardner and Malcolm Daniel were both hired as new assistant directors of the office.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Tyrone Russell, who served as the director of Multicultural Affairs for five years, left Lehigh in May 2016. Margarida Da Graca, formerly the assistant director of Multicultural Affairs, was promoted to interim director.
At the start of the 2015-16 academic year, Chelsea Fullerton was hired as the new director of Lehigh’s Pride Center, following the departure of Trish Boyles.
This March, Kim Ketterer, who had served as the coordinator of the Pride Center, announced that she would be leaving Lehigh after six years. Scott Burden was hired as the center’s first assistant director in July.
Office of International Affairs
In March, provost Pat Farrell announced that Cheryl Matherly was named Lehigh’s vice president and vice provost for international affairs, the result of a search following the resignation of Mohamed El-Aaser in February 2014.
Matherly’s appointment instigated a major restructuring of the office and its related programs.
Bill Hunter, who for 17 years served as the director of the Global Union, was promoted to the director of the Office of Fellowship Advising and UN Programs. He is also continuing his role as director of the LU/UN Partnership and manager of the Fulbright Association.
Clara Buie, the former assistant director of English as a second language, will move into the role of assistant director of Global Engagement, which includes the Global Union, after the fall semester.
Other changes in the Office of International Affairs: Stacy Burger was named the inaugural director of Global Partnership and Strategic Initiatives; Katie Welsh Radande, formerly the interim director of the Office of Study Abroad, is now the director of that office; and Alexis Leon was hired as the inaugural assistant director of the Iacocca International Internship Program. In addition, the OIA is in the process of hiring a new director of International Students and Scholars, and is initiating a search for a new director of ESL.
Khanjan Mehta was named the inaugural vice provost for creative inquiry and director of Lehigh’s Mountaintop Initiative in August. His role, according to an article on Lehigh’s website, will be to “create and nurture a vibrant, unique learning environment where students, faculty and external partners can answer open-ended questions while working across disciplines.” Mehta will assume the new role Dec. 30.
Other administrative changes at Lehigh
- Robert Flowers, a professor in the chemistry department, was named the new deputy provost for faculty affairs, succeeding Vincent Munley. Flowers will officially assume the new role in Jan. 2017.
- Lee Kern, a professor of special education, was appointed the new director of the Center of Promoting Research to Practice. The position was previously held by Edward S. Shapiro, the center’s director and a professor of school psychology, until his passing in March.
- Joseph E. Buck was named Lehigh’s new vice president for development and alumni relations, assuming the position from deputy vice president John Welty, who held the interim role since February.
- Kristin Agatone stepped into the role of chief investment officer of the Lehigh University Endowment Fund, after the retirement of Peter M. Gilbert, who served in role since 2007.
- In March, Adrienne J. McNeil-Washington was named Lehigh’s assistant vice president of community relations, following the retirement of Dale Kochard after 11 years at Lehigh.
- Henry Zheng assumed the role of vice provost of institutional research April 29, following the retirement of J. Gary Lutz after nearly 45 years of service to Lehigh.