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President Gast’s inauguration set for April

Lehigh President Alice P. Gast will be officially inaugurated as the university’s 13th president on Friday, April 13, during a formal afternoon ceremony at Stabler Arena and Convocation Center.

Events commemorating the inauguration will span three days, including an academic research symposium on Thursday, April 12, and a Family Day of Service on Saturday, April 14. For detailed information on all of the inauguration events, visit the inauguration Web site.

Five prominent scholars of international stature, each an individual whose work has dramatically shaped the contemporary intellectual landscape, will deliver lectures during the symposium, which also will spotlight exciting undergraduate and graduate student research projects from across the university.

The Family Day of Service will include an expanded version of the annual Spring Fling event that brings dozens of children to Lehigh’s campus for a day of fun and educational activities. There will also be opportunities for Lehigh students, faculty and staff to volunteer in other community service projects in South Bethlehem.

Further details about all events and activities will be provided in the coming weeks and months as plans are finalized. A Presidential Inauguration Steering Committee, which includes trustee, faculty, staff and student representatives, has been formed to direct and plan related activities.

Inauguration Steering Committee members

The Presidential Inauguration Steering Committee is co-chaired by Rick Weisman, University Marshal and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Caroline Clifford, Director, University Events. Committee members include: Jim Tanenbaum, Ex-Officio, Board Chairman; Alice Gast, Ex-Officio, President; Joanne Anderson, Director, President’s Office; Denise Blew, Treasurer; Mike Caruso, University Trustee; Tony Corallo, Associate Vice President, Facilities & Campus Planning; Bonnie Devlin, Vice President, Advancement; Cara Diorio, President, Student Senate; Brad Drexler, Vice President, University Relations; Mohamed El-Aasser, Provost; Robin Flemming, Assistant Vice President, Donor Relations and Advancement Services; Tara Frank, Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office.

Additional committee members include: David Joseph, Executive Director, Student Auxiliary Services; Dale Kochard, Executive Director, Community & Regional Affairs; Mike Kolchin, Professor, Department of Management; Daniel Lopresti, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Jack Lule, Professor, Journalism and Communication; Chris Marshall, Executive Director, Alumni Association; Jacqueline Matthews, Associate Vice President, Human Resources; Debra Nyby, Administrative Director, Provost’s Office; Gail Price-Brooks, Alumni Association President; Raymond Pugh, Graduate Student Council President; Catherine Ridings, Professor, Department of Management; Frank Roth, General Counsel; George White, Professor, Education and Human Services; Scott Wojciechowski, 2009 Class President.

--Jack Croft

Posted on Tuesday, December 05, 2006

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