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Alice Gast, Lehigh University president, leaving for new post

Published On: Jan 03 2014 07:52:36 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 03 2014 12:32:06 PM EST

She's taking a new job in London.


Lehigh University is in the market for a new president.

President Alice P. Gast is leaving at the end of July to take over as president of Imperial College London.

She is the 13th president in Lehigh's 148-year history and was appointed in 2006.


Brad Eric Scheler, chairman of the Lehigh University Board of Trustees, praised Gast’s leadership at 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," he added.

According to the Lehigh website, 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

Gast, who will assume her new position at Imperial College London in September 2014, succeeds Sir Keith O’Nions, who is retiring.

“It is difficult for me to leave Lehigh, and I would only consider a move for an extraordinary opportunity," Gast said.

"Imperial College London is one of the world’s great universities, and an established center of excellence in science, technology and medicine and it is a natural fit with my strengths. I look forward to helping shape Imperial’s next chapter.”

She will be the first woman to lead Imperial College.