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Research VP Gast To Be Lehigh President


Marie Y. Thibault

Alice P. Gast, vice president for research and associate provost, will leave MIT and become the president of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania on Aug. 1, according to a news office press release.

Gast organizes research policy, copyright and patent licensing, and oversees 18 research laboratories, the press release reported.

MIT President Susan Hockfield commented in the press release, her “leadership on issues relating to research policy and organization, faculty governance, and intellectual property, to name a few, is more than impressive, as is her ability to bring people with different interests together around a common agenda. All of these qualities will serve her — and the university — very well as Lehigh’s next president.”

Gast said that “It is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve Lehigh University as its next president. I am extremely excited about the trajectory and momentum of this university,” according to the press release.