Lehigh is one of the nation’s most distinguished private research universities, offering a rigorous academic community for more than 7,000 students. The small size, ideal student-to-faculty ratio, and vibrant campus allow students to collaborate on projects in and out of the classroom. Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia and is right in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic corridor. The Lehigh Valley region is home to about 750,000 people, giving students and the campus community plenty to do. The campus on South Mountain in Bethlehem actually consists of three contiguous areas: The Asa Packer Campus (home to most of academic and residential buildings), Mountaintop Campus, and the Murray H. Goodman Campus (where many of the athletic facilities are located).

The Position

Position Description

The assistant dean/director of fraternity and sorority affairs manages, directs, and coordinates all aspects of Lehigh University’s Fraternity and Sorority system. In addition, the assistant dean/director develops and implements short-term and long-range plans for fraternity and sorority affairs; sets department goals and priorities; coordinates assessment and evaluation efforts; and enacts strategies to achieve priorities of the department, division, and university. The assistant dean/director communicates the mission and vision of the department to the fraternity/sorority and university communities, parents, alumni, fraternity and sorority national headquarters staff, and the higher education profession. Additionally, the assistant dean/director is a collaborative member of the Dean of Students leadership team and serves as a rotating member of the Dean On Call Staff for emergency response and serves as project manager on critical Dean of Students initiatives.

Reporting to the associate dean of students, the assistant dean/director of fraternity & sorority affairs will:

  • mentor and provide advising support to a community with 24 chapters and more than 1,100 members;
  • craft and implement student-centered programs;
  • provide oversight for leadership development, chapter and council advising, policy development, advisor support, budget management, and overall administration of the sorority and fraternity community;
  • lead departmental strategic planning and vision development and work with the fraternity and sorority community through hands-on advising, innovative and creative programming, and educational initiatives critical to the success of the community;
  • facilitate educational and programmatic initiatives and support the advisement of the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and Cultural Greek councils to promote health and safety;
  • cultivate a learning-centered environment that fosters diversity and inclusion through individual, organizational, and community experiences;
  • partner with faculty and administrative leaders across the institution in supporting university initiatives designed to enhance engaged learning experiences;
  • strengthen social climate and out-of-class engagement;
  • transform the residential campus experience to integrate the residential, academic, and social aspects of campus life; and
  • provide leadership, mentorship, and supervision to a high-performing and cohesive staff, including direct supervision of one associate director and one administrative coordinator and indirect supervision of three assistant directors, and numerous student staff.

Qualifications

The successful candidate for this role will have a master’s degree in higher education, student personnel, or related field and at least five to eight years of progressive post-masters experience in fraternity and sorority affairs, student involvement, or a related functional area in higher education. The candidate must have demonstrated management experience with budget oversight, personnel supervision, and program development.

Additionally, stakeholders at Lehigh University identified the following characteristics and attributes when considering the position of assistant dean/director (in no particular order):

  • commitment to and experience leading a values-based fraternity and sorority system;
  • strong written and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with all components of the University and external constituents;
  • a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, student advocacy, and student-centered learning and development;
  • understanding and support for culturally-based Greek organizations within fraternity and sorority affairs;
  • the documented ability to promote excellent interpersonal relationships and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, parents, and community leaders; and
  • documented change management experience with a strong record of assessment and strategic planning leading to continuous program and outcomes improvement;

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

In early March 2019, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dr. Ric Hall introduced the Plan for Greek Excellence. The plan, alongside institutional growth and resource allocation as noted in the Path to Prominence and GO: The Campaign for Lehigh strategic endeavors, positions The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs to be a campus leader and partner in defining and expanding student engagement and leadership development. Additionally, the successful candidate will be poised to make Lehigh University a national leader and industry expert on the positive and developmental outcomes found in Greek life experiences. There will be opportunities for a positive, accessible, and highly visible director to build on historic program success in order to collaboratively and creatively enhance program services and experiences for students. The successful candidate will also be a savvy and tenacious fraternity and sorority affairs advocate who is both connected to industry best practice and is creative in approaching current and future challenges and opportunities that exist.

Additional areas of focus for the next assistant dean/director:

  • deliberate and focused direction and leadership around realizing the Plan for Greek Excellence;
  • timely and intentional relationship building with campus partners and student leaders to strengthen policy development and decision making;
  • strategic planning and visioning and an ability to build consensus and support for short- and long-term goals leading to clear and defined understanding of Greek life at Lehigh;
  • hiring, developing, and sustaining a dynamic and engaged fraternity and sorority affairs staff that prioritizes student development and positive student interactions; and
  • listening to student leaders and engaging their leadership in order to strengthen a values-based fraternity and sorority affairs system.

History of the Position

Fraternity and sorority life at Lehigh dates back to the early days of university history. Since Chi Phi opened in 1872, just seven years after Lehigh was founded, the Greek experience has played a significant role in campus life. Nineteen of the current 25 chapters have histories over 100 years.

Fraternity and sorority affairs is currently being led by associate dean, Christopher Mulvihill, who has been a member of the Lehigh community for over 20 years. The previous assistant dean/director left in late fall 2018, after serving as the assistant/dean for nearly four years.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Lehigh University was born in post-Civil War America, a period when the United States was both rebuilding from the turmoil of the war and flexing its muscles as a new economic power. The growth of the period was driven in part by the dramatic increase in the utilization of iron and coal in industry, brought about by improved transportation on the nation’s waterways and railroads.

Asa Packer, founder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, was one of the men who both pushed along and benefited from the dynamics of the day, and, by 1865 he had acquired both the vision and the financial clout to give back to the region that had helped him build a fortune. He donated $500,000 to create a new university to serve the “intellectual and moral improvement” of the young men of the Lehigh Valley. The new institution was called, simply, Lehigh University.

In the century and a half that has passed since, Lehigh has evolved into one of the most highly regarded institutions of higher learning in the nation. Lehigh graduates have led both the Ford and Chrysler corporations, orchestrated the construction of the giant locks of the Panama Canal, and stood as leaders and innovators in the worlds of business, engineering, politics, the arts, education, space exploration, and countless other fields.

Today, Lehigh continues to educate thousands of young people who are drawn to South Mountain by the opportunity to learn at an internationally recognized research university, and to live and grow in a vibrant and engaging campus community.

Earliest Years

Lehigh founder Asa Packer was a true visionary, an individual whose ambition and intelligence served him well in the world of business and politics—and eventually allowed him to build one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning.

Packer came from humble beginnings. Born in Connecticut in 1805 to a poor family, he worked first as a carpenter and farmer before getting into Pennsylvania’s booming canal business in the 1830s. After starting out as a canal boat pilot, the entrepreneurial Packer soon bought his own boat—and later, an entire fleet.

His business acumen continued to serve him well in the 1850s, when he made the bold decision to finance the construction of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which was perfectly positioned to support the region’s massive coal industry. His investment proved a wise one; as the canals died off, the railroads thrived, and Packer amassed a fortune.

At the same time, his influence in the public sphere grew as well. Packer was elected twice to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, was an associate judge in Carbon County, and later served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

His greatest legacy however, is the university he created. In 1865, Packer donated 57 acres of land on Bethlehem’s South Mountain along with $500,000 of his own funds—then the largest gift ever made to an educational institution—to establish Lehigh University.

Just over a decade later, on May 17, 1879, Packer passed away. In October of that same year, the university celebrated its very first Founder’s Day to honor its founder’s legacy. That tradition continues to this day.

A Tradition of Excellence

More than 150 years after its founding, Lehigh continues to honor its legacies and traditions while constantly seeking new and innovative ways to educate the leaders of tomorrow. A university that began as the home of just 39 eager young scholars is now a thriving, internationally recognized university of more than 4,600 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. Under the leadership of President John Simon, Lehigh has embarked on a bold plan to expand its impact on its students, its community, and its world. President Simon’s “Path to Prominence” plan calls for Lehigh to grow and diversify its overall student enrollment; create a new college of health; build new academic and research facilities; and reimagine and renovate some of the university’s most historic and iconic buildings. Taken together, these initiatives represent the latest efforts in Lehigh’s ongoing work to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, and service to society.

About Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem & the Lehigh Valley

Located in the heart of the beautiful Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem is a vibrant city, rich in history, and known for its small-town friendliness and feel.

Lehigh University’s Location

Our campus is in the Lehigh Valley, which is comprised of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, and is the third-largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. More adventures are also within driving distance, including the 90-minute trip to New York City and the one-hour trips to Philadelphia or the Pocono Mountains.

Path to Prominence-Strategic Plan

Vision for a stronger, more dynamic Lehigh.

As an institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service, Lehigh University educates future generations of leaders, creates new knowledge, and serves as an agent of powerful, positive change.

Building on its proud legacy of success, Lehigh, under the leadership of its board of trustees, has now embarked on an ambitious plan that will allow it to grow and evolve into an even more impactful and innovative university—one whose work will change lives, and the world, for the better.

Expansion

Over the next decade, the University will increase its undergraduate population by 1,000 students, or roughly 20 percent, while increasing its graduate student population by 500. This expansion of our student body will bring new dynamism and greater diversity to campus as well as to South Bethlehem, while fostering an ever more vibrant atmosphere of creativity and collaboration. In support of this growth, Lehigh will also recruit 100 new faculty members. This major investment into our faculty will broaden Lehigh’s academic footprint, building on some of the university’s most esteemed academic programs, strengthening its research enterprise, and helping raise its intellectual capacity to new heights.

Evolution

As Lehigh pushes forward on plans to add more students and scholars to its campus community, it will also launch a campus-wide infrastructure initiative that will include the construction of new residential and academic facilities, as well as renovations or expansions for some of its most iconic buildings.

The scope of work will extend from the top of South Mountain into the neighborhoods of South Bethlehem, and will provide the campus community with new venues for research, discovery, and student life, as well as creative spaces that will spark innovation and bring faculty, students, staff, and the community closer together.

Exploration

The decision to launch a new College of Health at Lehigh comes at a time of historic expansion within the healthcare industry. Job growth in healthcare is increasing at a rate that far outpaces most other sectors, and total domestic healthcare spending now stands at more than 17 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product. Global healthcare spending is expected to reach $8.7 trillion by 2020.

But along with this growth come new challenges to be overcome and opportunities to be seized. At Lehigh we have the utmost confidence that our College will play an important role in this rapidly growing and ever-more complex sector, and that Lehigh faculty and graduates working in health- and health-related fields will help shape and reshape the industry well into the 21st Century.

Institutional Leadership

John D. Simon, President

John D. Simon, Lehigh’s 14th president, is an internationally renowned chemist and highly respected leader in higher education. He took office at Lehigh on July 1, 2015.

During his time at Lehigh, Simon has worked to raise the university’s national profile, strengthen and grow its research infrastructure, expand its global programs, and build on its long, proud legacy of success in teaching, research, and service. In the fall of 2016, the Lehigh Board of Trustees endorsed Simon’s ambitious growth plan for the university, one which will see Lehigh significantly expand its undergraduate and graduate student populations, recruit new faculty, build new academic and student housing facilities, and launch an innovative college of health.

Simon has also overseen Lehigh’s efforts to build a stronger presence on the West Coast. The university opened its Western Regional Office in San Mateo, California, in 2016, and later entered into a partnership with the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. The university aims to leverage these new initiatives, as well as existing Silicon Valley–based programs, to better connect with West Coast alumni, create strategic industry partnerships, provide immersive learning opportunities for students, and cultivate a stronger admissions presence in the region.

A strong advocate for research, Simon created the Presidential Research Initiative in 2017 with the aim of supporting top Lehigh faculty as they work to generate new knowledge and pursue groundbreaking projects with the potential to change the world for the better. The first of these presidential research grants will provide an interdisciplinary research team with $3 million over five years to explore methodologies to more fully utilize the data generated at Lehigh’s Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication Facility and allow for real-time integration of experimental results and complex computer models to drive innovation in research.

Simon has also furthered the university’s commitment to ensuring that students of all financial backgrounds have access to a Lehigh education. In December 2016, Lehigh joined 29 other top universities in launching the American Talent Initiative, a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies through which participating institutions will seek to enroll and support lower-income students and conduct research that will help other institutions expand access as well.

Simon came to Lehigh from the University of Virginia, where he served as executive vice president and provost. In that role, he was responsible for the academic administration of each of the university’s 11 colleges, as well as its library system, art museums, public service activities, and foreign study programs. In all, Simon oversaw the academic activities of 2,200 instructional and research faculty, 14,500 undergraduate students, and 6,500 graduate students, and managed a budget of $1.4 billion.

During his tenure at Virginia, Simon spearheaded a number of global initiatives, including the establishment of a new major in global studies and the opening of a physical presence for the university in Asia. He played a leading role in the launch of the University of Virginia’s cutting-edge Data Science Institute, its Advanced Research Institute, and in creating the university’s Endowment for the Arts. He also appointed several of the University of Virginia’s deans and oversaw the hiring of several hundred faculty.

Previously, Simon served as vice-provost for academic affairs at Duke University from 2005 to 2011. During his time at Duke, he guided the university’s strategic planning process and drove initiatives aimed at connecting the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. He was chairman of Duke’s department of chemistry from 1999 to 2004 and also held appointments in the Duke University Medical Center in both biochemistry and ophthalmology.

Simon received his BA from Williams College in 1979 and his PhD in chemistry from Harvard University in 1983. After a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, Simon joined the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California San Diego in 1985, and then moved to Duke University as the George B. Geller Professor in 1998.

He is married to Diane Szaflarski. John and Diane have two sons, Evan ‘19 and Alec.

Ricardo Hall, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dr. Ricardo (Ric) Hall is Lehigh University’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs. In this role, he provides strong, forward thinking leadership for a division comprised of the offices of academic success, center for writing and math, community service, counseling and psychological services, dean of students, first year experience, fraternity and sorority life, gender violence education and support, health and wellness, learning disability support services, residence life, ROTC, student engagement, student athlete academic services, student conduct and community expectations, and student leadership development.

Prior to joining the Lehigh community, Ric served as the University of Miami’s Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, a position he held 2006 to 2017. Along with oversight of several student affairs offices, he chaired the university’s behavioral intervention team and was responsible for various crisis response efforts. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in UM’s School of Education and Human Development, teaching graduate courses on Student Conduct Administration, and Supervision in Higher Education.

Throughout his career, Ric has appreciated the importance of understanding differences and varying points of view. He is a frequently-requested speaker known to incorporate humor and pop culture into observations and analysis of current issues within higher education and beyond. He values open communication on sometimes challenging subject matter, including student demonstrations, conversations on all forms of diversity and inclusion, and the in and out of classroom preparation of students for life after graduation, and encourages comfortable, thoughtful, and civil discourse on topics related to college life and life in general.

Dr. Hall has prior university student affairs experience from Wake Forest University, Clemson University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He earned his doctorate (Educational Leadership) from Clemson University and his master’s (Higher Education Administration) and bachelor’s (Business Management) degrees from Ohio University. He is a longstanding and active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association for Student Conduct Administrators, and his community involvement includes his active membership in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. While at Miami, he also served as a Visiting Committee Evaluator for the region’s accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

He is an advocate of all forms of fitness and wellness and can regularly be found on a racquetball or basketball court and is a regular participant in organized and pickup sports. He is also an avid comic book and PEZ collector.

Ric and his wife Andrea have two college-aged children: Madison (Ohio University ‘19), Morgan (Penn State ‘21); and two elementary school-aged children: Mallory (7th grade) and Maxwell (3rd grade).

Benefits Overview

Forbes named Lehigh University as the best midsize employer in Pennsylvania and the top midsize education employer nationally in 2018. The University employs approximately 1,800 faculty and staff. The following benefits apply to full-time faculty and staff:

  • Medical Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Flexible Spending
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Retirement Plan
  • GlobalFit Rewards
  • Various Discount Programs

For a detailed look at Lehigh University benefits, visit the website at https://hr.lehigh.edu/benefits

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at amk@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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