Gast to Step Down

Lehigh President Alice Gast to Step Down in July 2014; Will Become President of Imperial College London

Lehigh University President Alice P. Gast will step down on July 31, 2014. She has accepted an appointment as President of Imperial College London. Gast, who is Lehigh’s 13th President in its 148-year history, was appointed in 2006.

Brad Eric Scheler, Chairman of the Lehigh University Board of Trustees, praised Gast’s leadership of Lehigh. “Alice has been a remarkable leader. With boundless energy, enthusiasm, wisdom, judgment and insight, Alice has advanced and best positioned Lehigh to be at the forefront of higher education in the 21st century,” he said. “Her commitment to students and her advocacy with respect to the import of residential research universities in educating leaders and improving society made her the right and ideal leader for Lehigh. We thank Alice for her tireless service and dedication to Lehigh.”

During Gast’s tenure, Lehigh completed a campus-wide strategic planning and implementation process; Lehigh concluded a $500-million capital campaign and has since raised an additional $225 million in new resources for the University; Lehigh has expanded the University’s work in and with the City of Bethlehem; Lehigh increased the size of the University’s footprint with the addition of the 750-acre Stabler Campus; Lehigh increased the University’s international presence and has perpetuated and expanded innovative new approaches to student-directed learning with the launch of Lehigh’s Mountaintop Campus initiative.