The first female president when she took over in 2013, Byerly will leave in June 2021. She will depart as Lafayette and other higher education institutions have been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. In a news release from Lafayette, Byerly noted that a long “journey of recovery and renewal … awaits Lafayette and other institutions of higher education” following COVID-19.
Board of trustees Chairperson Robert E. Sell said Byerly’s leadership during the pandemic has been “nothing short of exceptional.”
During Byerly’s tenure, Lafayette launched an aggressive plan to more than double its financial aid budget, and the college’s Live Connected, Lead Change campaign raised $426 million.
Under Byerly, Lafayette also opened the $75 million Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, the largest capital project in the college’s history, and adopted a climate plan to reach institutional carbon neutrality by 2035.
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