Ken Kaiser to step down as senior vice president and COO on June 30

To the Temple community,

After more than 30 years of dedicated service to Temple University, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Ken Kaiser, has made the decision to step away from his role at Temple to pursue other interests. He will stay on until June 30 to provide support and facilitate transition.

A new, significantly expanded position of executive vice president has been created to serve as a member of my cabinet as we address unprecedented opportunities and challenges in higher education. In addition to finance, public safety, human resources, and facilities, the new role will have additional responsibility for public affairs, strategic communication, institutional advancement, and strategic events. Heidrick & Struggles has been retained and recently launched a national search for the broadened role.

Ken’s depth of knowledge, expertise, and love for Temple has been invaluable over the years. He is truly Temple Made! He earned three degrees from Temple while serving in many roles—including chief financial officer, treasurer, senior associate vice president for finance and human resources, director of finance and administration for institutional advancement (Ambler), and university privacy officer. His contributions and leadership have been instrumental in the university’s growth and prosperity over the past two decades.

During the transition, we will maintain momentum and progress on the university’s strategic priorities and initiatives.

It goes without saying that all of us will miss Ken as a talented, thoughtful colleague and valued friend. The university extends its deepest gratitude for his years of service and wishes him all the best in the future.   


Dr. Jason Wingard