L. Jay Lemons

President and Senior Consultant

Dr. L. Jay Lemons was president of Susquehanna University from 2001 through June 30, 2017 prior to joining Academic Search.  While in that position, he led the university in development of a stragetic plan emphasizing increased intellectual engagement and a stronger university community.

Dr. Lemons began his career in student affairs at Nebraska Wesleyan, served in admissions at the University of Nebraska and worked in the Department of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University before he began doctoral studies at the University of Virginia. As assistant to presidents Robert M. O'Neil and John T. Casteen III at the University of Virginia from 1989 to 1992, Dr. Lemons was charged with overseeing a number of significant projects and served as the liaison to three major units of the university. In 1992, President Casteen asked Dr. Lemons to undertake a short-term assignment as chancellor of the university's liberal arts college, now known as the University of Virginia's College at Wise, a selective, public, liberal arts college in southwestern Virginia. That "short-term" assignment evolved into an 8 ½-year tenure before he answered the call to become Susquehanna's 14th president.

Dr. Lemons has been very active in the community and in professional organizations. Among the organizations he has served are the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Susquehanna United Way, Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation, the Selinsgrove Rotary and Sunbury Community Hospital. He is immediate past chair of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Lemons' leadership in higher education has been significant as he has served as board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Campus Compact, the ELCA Council of Presidents and is currently serving as vice chair of the National College Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III President's Council as a representative of the Landmark Conference. He also chairs the council's Strategic Planning and Finance Committee and serves on the NCAA Board of Governors, the umbrella governing body that includes Divisions I, II and III college and university presidents. He is also a former board member of the Council of Independent Colleges, where he served in many capacities including chairing its nominating committee; as a committee member for the Commission on Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness of the American Council on Education; and as a member of the Committee on Student Aid of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.