Tragic news to share

Dear Members of the Temple Community, 

It is with deep heartbreak that we write to inform you that Temple University Acting President JoAnne A. Epps suddenly passed away this afternoon.  

While attending a memorial service at Temple for Charles L. Blockson, curator of the Blockson Collection, President Epps became ill. She was transported to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 3:15 p.m. 

There are no words that can describe the gravity and sadness of this loss. President Epps was a devoted servant and friend who represented the best parts of Temple. She spent nearly 40 years of her life serving this university, and it goes without saying her loss will reverberate through the community for years to come. 

Our thoughts are with President Epps’ family, and with all members of the Temple community in this moment. 

The days ahead will be difficult, but we will lean on one another as President Epps would want us to.  


Mitchell L. Morgan 
Chair, Board of Trustees 

Ken Kaiser 
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer 

Gregory N. Mandel 
Senior Vice President and Provost