Charles S. Strauch is currently the owner of three businesses. He built a successful career focused on leading turnaround opportunities in publicly traded companies in the technology sector. From 1991 to 2000, Strauch was Chairman and CEO of PairGain Technologies. He also served as President and CEO of MSI Data, Chairman/CEO Magnusson Computer Systems, President of Memorex, and Executive Vice President of Gould Inc.’s Electronics and Electrical Systems Group.
He is a founding Trustee, primary benefactor and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Landmark College -- the leading, internationally-recognized college dedicated 100% to the education of young adults with learning disabilities. He currently serves on the Board of one of the charter schools in the New York City-based Success Academy Charter Schools Network.
Mr. Strauch and his wife Nan are longtime, steadfast supporters and advocates of Lehigh’s engineering college. Charles has served continuously on the Engineering Advisory Council since 2008, and has invested in many areas of the university financially and with his time. Chuck is a past recipient of the Lehigh University Alumni Association (LUAA) Alumni Award.
In 2012, the Strauchs sponsored a campus visit from 700 second graders and 200 teachers and parents of the Success Academy Charter Schools, part of a program intended to instill in young students an interest in attending college. Later the same year, the Strauchs committed $1 million to support the engineering college’s Facilities Renewal Initiative and the further development of Lehigh’s integrated educational programs. A portion of the gift will help fund the creation of the Health Research Hub in Iacocca Hall, which will serve as a collaborative environment for Lehigh researchers and will also promote cross-disciplinary innovation in bioengineering. Previously, he led fundraising efforts for the renovation of the Wilbur Powerhouse, which serves as a home for Lehigh’s many entrepreneurial offerings, including Lehigh's award-winning Integrated Product Development (IPD) program, which he also helped establish.
The Strauchs have five married children and 16 grandchildren and live in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and New York City, New York.