Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry
Director of the Mountaintop Initiative
Khanjan Mehta is the inaugural Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University. Mehta champions the creation of learning environments and ecosystems where students, faculty, and external partners come together to increase their capacities for independent inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn from failure, recognize problems and opportunities, and effect constructive and sustainable change.
In a previous avatar, Mehta was the Founding Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, Assistant Professor of Engineering Design, and Affiliate Professor of International Affairs at Penn State. Mehta serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and Contributing Editor for the Engineering 4 Change portal. His latest book, Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It), takes a deep dive into STEM careers in social innovation and global sustainable development.
Administrative Director, Creative Inquiry
Bill Whitney has been Administrative Director for the Office of Creative Inquiry at Lehigh University since January 2017. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre at Lehigh and the Department of Performing Arts at Cedar Crest College, having taught theatre history, dramatic analysis, and musical theatre, and serving as the director and music director for several on-stage productions. Prior to his current role, Bill served for six years as Executive Assistant in Lehigh's Office of the President.
Bill holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master's degree in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, and B.A. degrees in English and Theatre Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University. His research and scholarship has revolved around questions of reception and production in contemporary experimental theatre of the U.S. and the phenomenon of fringe theatre festivals. Currently, his interests circulate around higher ed administration and culture, the role of arts and humanities in higher education, and academic innovations and reforms.