3.5.21: Restoring retirement benefits and merit pay July 1

Dear Colleagues,

Almost a year ago, on March 11, 2020, President Simon sent a note telling us that we would be teaching and working remotely for the next two weeks. We didn’t know what the next 12 months had in store.

In addition to the daunting challenges of distance learning or hybrid teaching and working, many of you have dealt with personal and family concerns. We know it wasn’t an easy time.

Despite what you have seen, some of you reached out to and supported our students at a very difficult time in their lives for many. Others have volunteered to help with testing, contact tracking, and work unrelated to their job responsibilities prior to COVID. When the Lehigh Church needed help, you did not hesitate and we appreciate your continued care and commitment.

In large part because of your work, our community held out. Our students are making progress in their education, the work of the university is progressing and there is finally reason to be optimistic about the future.

One of our goals during the financial uncertainty of the pandemic was to avoid layoffs whenever possible. We did this in part by eliminating the performance enhancement pool last year and suspending retirement plans.

While much is still uncertain, we are now in a position to plan an increase in performance and the restoration of retirement benefits for the next fiscal year beginning July 1.

We continue to appreciate your remarkable efforts to support our university and our students. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in this extraordinary time.

Nathan Urban

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Patricia Johnson

Vice President for Finance and Administration

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