Brown and White Profile

Q&A: Richard Verma, Class of 2019's Commencement Speaker

The Brown and White spoke with former U.S. ambassador to India Richard Verma, ‘90, the class of 2019’s commencement speaker to discuss his career, life at Lehigh and his involvement in the university as a member of the board of trustees. Note: This Q&A has been edited for length and clarity.

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Alumni Spotlight

Former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma LXA '90 Lehigh to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address

Former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address | News Article | Lehigh University

Former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma ’90, Vice Chair and Partner at The Asia Group and Lehigh trustee, will deliver the address at Lehigh’s 151st spring commencement on Monday, May 20.

Verma, whom Forbes called “one of the most consequential envoys to ever occupy the prestigious post,” is a distinguished and dedicated Lehigh alum who has left his mark on the worlds of business, law, diplomacy, and the military.

“What an honor to give the commencement address at Lehigh, a place that gave me my start, launched me into the professional world, and where I formed my closest friendships,” said Verma.  “It is such a privilege to recognize and congratulate these incredible graduates.” 

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Lehigh Introduces Plan for Greek Excellence

Lehigh University's 10-Point Plan
Lehigh University recently announced a 10-point plan to support excellence in the university’s Greek life experience. It was introduced to presidents of all of Lehigh’s 25 fraternity and sorority chapters in an early March meeting by Ricardo Hall, vice provost for Student Affairs, who said his focus was on outlining specifics for a path forward for Greek life. Hall said the framework is designed to positively impact the university, with a specific emphasis on building upon both the legacy and the potential of the Greek life community.