Lehigh is one of the few American universities that has a subcommittee of its Board of Trustees devoted to international issues. In addition, we have several faculty and staff committees that advise and guide our efforts.

Board of Trustees Subcommittee on Global Affairs (Academic Affairs)

Oversees university-wide global initiatives and goals, ensures that university leadership shares the same vision, and ensure that Lehigh's global activities have strong alumni support, among other responsibilities.

Karen O'Donnell VanderGoot, Chair
Nicholas Bigelow
Vincent Forlenza, Jr.
John Franchini
John Glanville*
Peter Morales
Edward Ramos
Karen Schaufeld
Michael Yaszemski
Deborah Zajac*
Liaison: Cheryl Matherly
Stephen Pessiki, Chair, Faculty Committee on Global Affairs

*non trustee

Faculty Committee on Global Affairs

  • Stephen Pessiki, Chair, RCEAS Representative, 2017
  • Heibatollah Sami, CBE Representative, 2017     
  • Yinan He, CAS Representative, 2018
  • Ageliki Nicolopoulou, CAS Representative, 2019
  • Anne Meltzer, CAS Representative, 2017
  • Charles Stevens, CBE Representative, 2019
  • Peggy Kong, COE Representative, 2018
  • Cesar Silebi, RCEAS Representative, 2019
  • Christina Qin, Undergraduate student representative (nonvoting)
  • Xuelei Yuan, Graduate student representative (nonvoting)
  • Cheryl Matherly, Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs, Ex Officio

International Crisis Advisory Group

Oversees the International Emergency Response Plan and acts as on-call responders for crisis management on Lehigh-led programs.

  • Ian Birky, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Director, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Laurie Gray Evans, Director, Student Support & Case Management Services
  • Rich Freeman, Director of Risk Management
  • Lori Friedman, Director of Media Relations
  • Carol Ham, Director of the Iacocca International Internship Program
  • Linda Harbrecht, Director of Communications, University Communications and Public Affairs
  • Heather Hosfeld, Associate General Counsel
  • Jennifer Jensen, Deputy Provost, Academic Affairs
  • Katherine Lavinder, Interim Dean of Students
  • Pat Mann, Administrative Director, Provost Office
  • Cheryl Matherly, Vice President/Vice Provost for International Affairs
  • Vince Munley, Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Barbara Plohocki, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Katie Welsh Radande, Director of Study Abroad
  • Frank Roth, General Counsel
  • Randy Shebby, Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety

International Travel Advisory Committee

Provides policy and guidance on international travel for faculty, staff, and students, particularly with regard to Travel Warning countries and credit-bearing international experiences.

  • Rich Freeman, Director of Risk Management
  • Carol Ham, Director of the Iacocca International Internship Program
  • Heather Hosfeld, Associate General Counsel
  • Matthew Kitchie, Senior Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities
  • Cheryl Matherly, Vice President/Vice Provost for International Affairs (chair)
  • Katie Welsh Radande, Director of Study Abroad 

Iacocca International Internship Steering Committee

Makes recommendations to the vice president and associate provost for international affairs on group program locations and on individual student selection and placement.

  • Lia Assad, Iacocca Family Member
  • Paul Brockman, CBE
  • Marie-Helene Chabut, CAS
  • Carol Ham, Director of the Iacocca International Internship Program
  • Nik Nikolov, CAS
  • John Savage, CAS
  • Bob Storer, RCEAS
  • Tamas Terlaky, RCEAS
  • Cameron Wesson, CAS
  • Lorraine Wiedorn, Assistant Vice President of Planned Giving, Advancement Office

Lehigh University/United Nations Partnership Faculty Steering Committee

  • Vera Fennel, CAS
  • Arman Grigoryan, CAS
  • Bill Hunter, Ex Officio, Director of Fellowship Advising and UN Programs
  • Peggy Kong, COE
  • Mark Orrs, CAS/RCEAS
  • K. Sivakumar, CBE
  • Rick Weisman, RCEAS
  • Bruce Whitehouse, CAS

Study Abroad Faculty Policy Board (Educational Policy subcommittee)

Coordinates courses, curriculum and credit for undergraduate students who study abroad; develops and implements quality criteria for study abroad programs; and consults with faculty on a core of acceptable and available programs that meet the curricular needs of each college.


College (three-year term)

  • Barbara Pavlock, English
  • Paul Salerni, Chair, Music
  • Cam Wesson, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Steve McIntosh, Chemical Engineering
  • Ravi Chitturi, Marketing
  • Alex Wiseman, Education and Human Services

At-Large (three-year term)

  • Erica Hoelscher, Educational Policy Committee Representative, Ex-Officio Member


  • Antonio Prieto, Modern Languages and Literature


Ad Hoc

  • Katie Welsh Radande, Director, Study Abroad  
  • Cheryl A. Ashcroft, Assistant Dean of Students, Academic Support Services

Administrative Advisor

  • Steve Wilson, Registrar