Posted June 30, 2021

10 things to know about President Wingard

From John Chaney and Bob Perkins to Stanford and Forbes, here are a few things you should know about Temple’s 12th president.

Jason Wingard, Temple University's 12th president
Photography By: 
Betsy Manning
President Jason Wingard writes books, enjoys jazz and was a student athlete.

As we welcome President Jason Wingard to Temple, get to know him with a few fun facts.

He’s a thought leader, which helped him gain a huge following on LinkedIn.
He has more than 200,000 followers. Check out his page to learn more about his areas of interest and expertise, such as strategy, learning and leadership. 

He knew legendary coach John Chaney.
As a boy, he took part in basketball camps led by former men’s basketball Head Coach John Chaney. Chaney became one of Wingard’s idols and he would spend hours listening to him tell stories about leadership. 

He’s a published author.
President Wingard has written four books, all showcasing his expertise in education and the world of work: Learning to Succeed: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change; Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy; Win the Leadership Game: How Companies Can Create Unbeatable Global Teams; and most recently, The Great Skills Gap: Optimizing Talent for the Future of Work.

He played football with Sen. Cory Booker.
They were on the football team at Stanford University together.

He also ran track and field at Stanford.
He was a 400-meter hurdler with Stanford’s track and field team, running 53.94 seconds in the 400 IH. 

He loves listening to Bob Perkins.
President Wingard enjoys jazz and is a devoted listener of WRTI’s Bob Perkins (“BP with the GM”).

All his children’s names begin with a “J.”
Their names are Jaelyn, Jaia, Jazze, Joye and Jaxen. President Wingard calls them the “J crew.”

He’s a fan of Hank “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron.
President Wingard is a fan of National Baseball Hall of Famer and social justice pioneer Hank Aaron, who hit a record-breaking 755 home runs while also being subjected to racism and hate mail.

He writes about leadership strategy for Forbes as a senior contributor.
Check out his monthly columns where he takes on topics such as gender equality at work, return-to-work plans, business trends and more. 

He likes his bacon crispy.
We have this on the highest authority: Richie’s.

—Edirin Oputu