An update on the presidential search process

Dear Temple community,

We are writing with an update about the search for the next president of Temple University. Over the past two months, research firm The Collective Genius has surveyed and led more than 30 hours of intensive listening sessions with a wide array of the Temple community—from the provost’s senior staff to Temple Student Government to alumni leadership and many more—to determine our collective priorities for the search process. In all, more than 300 people participated in listening sessions and 2,144 survey responses were collected.

We have now completed this community engagement phase and the findings—including the attributes and qualifications for an ideal candidate and the kinds of challenges and opportunities a new leader will face—have been compiled into a report, which you can view here.

Whether you engaged in a conversation or submitted your thoughts through a survey, we thank you for taking the time to participate in the search process. Whether you are a student, staff member, faculty member, alumnus or donor, we want you to know that your input has been taken seriously.  

The search process as a whole will continue to involve a wide range of stakeholders and we will continue to seek input. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee includes representatives of faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni. In addition, we recently welcomed Philadelphia Foundation president and CEO Pedro Ramos to join the committee. His insight as a longtime city leader who has committed his career to strengthening Philadelphia will be invaluable.

The next step of the search process is to work with leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart to draw from this report and finalize a position description as recruitment begins in earnest. The committee plans to make recommendations in spring 2024. 

I invite you to look at the report and its powerful feedback. We encourage you to visit to learn more about the search and see updates.


Mitchell L. Morgan
Chair of the Board of Trustees