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Alan Snyder Announcement

Dear Members of the Lehigh Community,

I am writing to share with you that Dr. Alan Snyder will be stepping down from his position of vice president and associate provost for research and graduate studies when his appointment ends this summer. He will be returning to the faculty after taking a well-deserved leave next academic year.

Alan came to Lehigh in 2010 from Penn State, where he had served as the university’s associate vice president for health sciences research and the vice dean for research at the College of Medicine. In his role at Lehigh, he’s worked to support and celebrate scholarship across our entire campus, to advance ways in which our research milieu supports the student experience at all levels, and to build our research infrastructure.

Alan established our suite of research investment programs through which members of the faculty are able to initiate new lines of research, and more recently the Research Futures program, through which we’ve set out to further expand on our aspirations and our capacity for pursuing them. Through these programs, and his office’s series of workshops and seminars on proposal writing, communications, and other topics, Alan established research program development, with a substantial emphasis on faculty career development, as a function of his office. Under his leadership, the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies honed its ability to serve the needs of Lehigh researchers in a comprehensive manner that meets external expectations in a very complex environment. He has been an ardent supporter of the ability of all Lehigh faculty and students to explore, discover and learn. You can learn more about Alan’s contributions in this news story.

In conjunction with this transition, I am looking to reconfigure the role that Alan has held to reflect changes that have occurred in recent years, including the creation of the position of Deputy Provost for Graduate Education, and the changing opportunities and expectations around research support, funding and compliance. I will be engaging with deans, chairs, the Faculty Senate and others to solicit feedback on these changes and on possible candidates. A search to fill this new role will commence later this fall with the intent of identifying a person for this new role in late spring or early summer. The search will focus on internal candidates.

Please join me in thanking Alan for his service and commitment to the university, and to our faculty, staff and students.

Nathan Urban
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs