Jim McIntosh, macebearer

From the university website: The (Centennial) Class of 1966 broke with tradition by presenting Lehigh University with an academic scepter, or ceremonial mace, as its class gift instead of a plaque.  The 38-inch oak mace, a symbol of order and academic dignity, was first used during the 1965 inauguration of W. Deming Lewis as Lehigh’s 10th president.

Designed by New York artist Louis F. Glasier, the university mace features a sterling silver Lehigh Seal, with a gold-relief “book of knowledge” and pale yellow topaz representing the “light of truth.”  Widely recognized as a symbol of medieval university officials, it is carried by a mace-bearer at major Lehigh ceremonies, such as Founder’s Day.

The honor of carrying the mace – and leading Lehigh’s president in procession – currently rests with James McIntosh, professor of sociology, who has carried on the tradition since 1996. 

Class President Stephen Goldman ’66  presented the mace to the university 50 years ago.