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John Morganelli Jr. grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Villanova University and currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Lehigh University. John has long believed that education is the foundation for success. To that end, John has dedicated his life’s work to creating post-secondary educational opportunities in the heart of Bethlehem, PA.
Prior to his arrival at Lehigh University, John spent five years working at Moravian College. John has chosen to work at both Lehigh University and Moravian College because the mission statements at both institutions mirror John’s own values. He believes in educational access. He believes that outstanding educational opportunities are only worthwhile if they are accessible to all motivated learners. During his time at Moravian, John researched and helped institute a “First Generation College Initiative” that provides financial support to students whose parents did not have an opportunity to attend college. More recently, John has joined forces with an institution that has implemented a “Loan Elimination / Reduction Initiative” designed to lessen the financial burden placed on low income families.
In addition to John’s belief that it is access and educational opportunity that can enrich our communities, John understands the need for fiscal responsibility. While working at Moravian John managed a quarter million dollar financial aid budget. John successfully balanced access and financial support for motivated learners with tuition revenue targets that enabled Moravian College to thrive. More recently, while serving in a supervisory role at Lehigh, John has directed a cross training merger between the office of admissions and the office of financial aid designed to further support The University’s mission.
During John’s time in enrollment he has also had the opportunity to teach at the collegiate level. During that time, John also served as an academic advisor. John’s work at Lehigh University and Moravian College has afforded him the opportunity to be part of the entire process, from start to finish. He has interviewed prospective high school students, enrolled students, financed students, taught students, and served as an academic advisor for college students choosing major areas of study. It is these opportunities that have given John a wide array of experience in the field of education.
Before working at Lehigh University and Moravian College, John spent time in public service. John has worked in the State Representative’s Office, State Senator’s Office, and the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office. Currently, John serves on the City of Bethlehem Recreation Commission. It is these experiences that led John to the conclusion that he wanted to serve his community.
John is a resident of Bethlehem, PA. He is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. He is the son of Diana and District Attorney John Morganelli. He is currently engaged to Carolyn Hegedus of Whitehall, PA.
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