Alex Kalangis is joining Lehigh as the new administrative director in the Office of International Affairs. He brings to the role extensive experience in finance and operations in educational and nonprofit settings.
As administrative director, Kalangis will provide leadership and oversight of administrative processes, initiatives, and special projects associated with the Office of International Affairs (OIA). His responsibilities include managing the budget process, providing oversight into the stem’s finances and managing administrative policies and practices. He will serve as the OIA liaison to other university offices including Finance and Administration, Facilities, Human Resources and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Kalangis was most recently the vice president, finance and administration, at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, he oversaw fiscal and risk management, human resources, facilities maintenance, information technology and grant administration and managed the school’s $3.8 million operating budget.
“I’m looking forward to returning to international education, where I spent most of my professional career,” Kalangis says. “I like being part of that transformative experience, something that’s bigger than we even realize. And I’m excited about being on campus and feeling the energy of campus life.”
Previously, Kalangis led finance and administrative operations at the Bosque School and United World College – USA, both in New Mexico, and at the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies in Athens, Greece.
“I'm excited to welcome Alex to the OIA team,” says Cheryl Matherly, vice president and vice provost for international affairs. “His experience with finance and administration, particularly within international education organizations, and his deep commitment to Lehigh's global goals will be an asset to OIA moving forward.”
Kalangis has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master of business administration with a concentration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. And he adds to OIA’s linguistic diversity, with proficiency in Greek and a working knowledge of Spanish.
He is relocating to the Lehigh Valley with his wife, a freelance writer, and their two children. His son is a junior in high school and his daughter will be starting her first year at Dickinson College in central Pennsylvania in the fall.