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Executive Director of the Iacocca Institute

Lehigh University | Office of International Affairs
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Exempt Full-Time
Closing date
Jun 21, 2023

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Administration, Global Education, Partnerships & Outreach
Knowledge Communities
International Education Leadership
Position Type
Executive Director
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University

Lehigh University, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, invites applications and nominations for the next Executive Director of the Iacocca Institute (Institute).  The Executive Director will be a global leadership educator who brings vision, creativity, and a fresh new focus for the Institute at a pivotal moment in its existence. This is an exciting time for a new leader to take the helm and identify new directions and programs that align with the University’s soon-to-be-adopted strategic plan “Our Future, Our Lehigh.”

Reporting to the Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs, Cheryl Matherly, Ed.D., the Executive Director will bring a keen understanding of the international education landscape and have a critical role in maintaining Lehigh’s stature as an institution committed to developing leaders prepared to create innovative solutions to global problems. They will be a visible leader and advocate for the Institute, serving as a thought leader and strong collaborative partner across the University and as a part of the strategic leadership team of the Office of International Affairs. As the front-facing leader of the Institute, the Executive Director will look externally to promote and cultivate donor and grant support for Institute programs while internally developing and fostering partnerships with faculty and staff to create rich, integrated, student learning opportunities. Additionally, the Executive Director will provide leadership for all matters of the Institute including clarifying the mission, aligning programming with the mission, campus partnership building, global partnership building, international internships, staff leadership and development, budget management, alumni engagement, program evaluation, fundraising, and Iacocca legacy stewardship.


Academic Search is assisting Lehigh University in this search. Additional information about this opportunity, including required qualifications, can be found in the position profile for the Executive Director of the Iacocca Institute at under the “Open Searches” tab.

Applications must include, in three separate PDF attachments, 1) a detailed cover letter; 2) a current resume/curriculum vitae; and 3) a list of five professional references with contact information and a brief description of the working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate and at a later stage of the search. 

Nominations and applications should be sent to To ensure full consideration by the Search Committee, applications should be received by Monday, June 26, 2023.

Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with Senior Consultant Dianne Kenney via Bookings or at When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee’s full name, position, institution, and email address.

Lehigh University upholds The Principles of Our Equitable Community and is committed to providing an educational, working, co-curricular, social, and living environment for all students, staff, faculty, trustees, contract workers, and visitors that is free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Such harassment or discrimination is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated.




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