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Lehigh Valley Presidents Bring Concerns to Congress

October 30, 2017, @ 8:00 AM

On Thursday, August 31, 2017 the presidents of Cedar Crest College, Lafayette College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Pennsylvania State University – Lehigh Valley, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College gathered at Muhlenberg College to meet with Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., (D – PA) to discuss issues currently affecting higher education.

Lehigh Valley presidents meeting with Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) at Muhlenberg College on August 31, 2017. Photo provided by Muhlenberg College.

In particular, this group met to discuss international students and immigration concerns and Pell Grant funding. This meeting led to a productive conversation about next steps the Lehigh Valley colleges can take to advocate for their stance on these issues and raise awareness regarding these topics throughout the local community.

The Lehigh Valley presidents typically meet on a semi-annual basis including the presidents of Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Lehigh University, Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania State University – Lehigh Valley, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College. These campus leaders discuss issues that resonate across their campuses, as well as share best practices and collaborative ideas.

This group exemplifies the spirit of collaboration that drives the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. The attitude toward collaboration from the leaders of the LVAIC community is what fosters this collaborative identity throughout the consortium and furthers the willingness to engage in activities that allow our campuses to remain distinctive while still growing stronger together.

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