Alumni Leading the Way

Last year the Lehigh University Alumni Association (LUAA) asked a group of former LUAA Board members to form a team called the Legacy of Leadership to help further support Lehigh’s strategic plan. One group from this team has formed an affiliation with the Global Union, a coalition of more than 40 student organizations with a global character.

According to the group’s chair, Bill Kuhl ’66, its goals are to “advance the university and LUAA core strategic objective of enhanced global effectiveness and build a stronger relationship between the alumni association and international undergraduate and graduate students.”

It also aims to give alumni opportunities to contribute to the globalization of the Lehigh education. The group includes Thom Healy ’85, Kuhl, Bob Kirchenberger ’69 and Sharon Richter ’86.

The Global Union Executive Board has identified several ways that alumni can get involved and contribute to GU programming:

  • Identify and recruit prominent international figures to speak on campus
  • Help sponsor off-campus meetings between GU students and professionals focused on global topics of interest to students and alumni
  • Identify alumni around the world who would like chat with students over Skype about how they built their international understanding and their careers 

So far, the Legacy of Leadership sponsored Dr. Jon Landis, a development executive at Apple, Inc., to come to campus in September and present a lecture called “Future Technology Trends in Education.”

The group is actively seeking alumni who would like to discuss their experiences and preparation for global assignments with students via Skype. Interested alumni should contact Bill Hunter, director of international outreach, at