Alice Gast to Become President of Imperial College London

gastAlice P. Gast, the 13th president of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has announced that she will step down this July and will accept the presidency of Imperial College London. When she takes office in September, Dr. Gast will be the first woman to serve as president of Imperial College London.

Before becoming president of Lehigh in 2006, Dr. Gast was vice president for research and associate provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also held the Robert T. Haslam chair in chemical engineering at MIT. Previously, she was a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001.

A native of Texas, Dr. Gast is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Princeton University.

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