One year after the faculty and Board of Trustees approved President Alison Byerly’s strategic direction that includes growing the college to make it more affordable, the board voted to extend the president’s contract for five years at its Feb. 25 meeting.

“Alison has set Lafayette College on a trajectory to be recognized as one of the leaders in higher education,” says Board Chair Ed Ahart ’69. “She has proven herself adept at developing and articulating strategies for strengthening the College and enhancing its academic reputation. From record-high student applications to the hiring of outstanding faculty, she is giving life to the board’s aspirations for Lafayette to take its rightful place as a leader in American higher education.”

Byerly became Lafayette’s 17th president in October 2013, after serving 13 years in leadership positions at Middlebury College, including as provost and executive vice president. Since coming to Lafayette, she has launched the $400M Live Connected, Lead Change Capital Campaign, and developed a strategic direction that calls for increasing the size of the student body in order to garner resources that will help the College to become affordable to students of all family income levels.

“I am honored to serve as Lafayette’s president during this exciting time in the life of the College, and I look forward to continuing to work with the entire community to achieve our ambitious goals,” Byerly says.

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