Posted January 3, 2024

Temple welcomes two new members to its Board of Trustees

These appointments are the latest in a number of recent changes to the board’s membership. Earlier this fall, the board appointed four additional new members and welcomed back two returning trustees.

Students walking on campus.
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Joseph V. Labolito

Last month, Temple University’s Board of Trustees welcomed two newly appointed members to its governing body. These appointments represent the latest of a number of recent changes to the board’s membership. Earlier this fall, the board welcomed four additional newly appointed members and also reintroduced two returning members.  

Kenneth Scott and Robert Taylor are the newest trustees. Each brings significant expertise and varied backgrounds. In addition, current trustee Patrick Eiding had his period of service extended, being reappointed for an additional term by the Governor. 

“It is always invigorating to welcome new perspectives to the Board of Trustees,” said Mitchell L. Morgan, FOX ’76, LAW ’80, chair of the board. “We are fortunate that we have been able to welcome several highly qualifed new members over the last few months, who deeply understand and appreciate the important role that Temple plays in our community, our region and our Commonwealth.” 

Temple University’s Board of Trustees consists of 36 voting members, 24 elected by their peers and 12 appointed by officials of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to its 36 members, the governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the secretary of education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the mayor of the city of Philadelphia serve as ex-officio, non-voting trustees. 

A little less than a year ago, Eiding retired after serving his fifth term as president of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, which represents more than 100 local unions in the region. A nationally known labor leader, he remains active in many civic and charitable projects. 

Scott is the president and CEO at Beech Companies, which works to provide economic uplift and advocacy for North Central Philadelphia. The organization includes several entities, including Beech Interplex, a community development firm; Beech Business Bank, which makes loans to small businesses; the Alston-Beech Foundation, which awards grants to non-profit organizations in North Philadelphia and administers small business grants for the government; the Beech Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to neighborhood students; and Beech Community Services, which serves as a liaison between the residents, the business community and institutions like the Philadelphia Police Department. 

Taylor is chair and chief executive officer of the Cameron Companies LLC, a diversified holding company that specializes in business and government affairs consulting. His clients have included, among others, Fortune 500 companies, large banks, engineering firms, marine terminal operators, software companies, energy and energy services companies, pharmaceutical firms, health-related organizations, and various nonprofit organizations. 

“The members of our Board of Trustees are dedicated public servants who are unwavering in their support for our outstanding faculty, students, staff and mission,” President Richard Englert said.  “It is refreshing to welcome even more new voices to the board’s membership, and I have no doubt that our newest trustees will work in earnest to serve in this essential role.” 

Learn more about the Board of Trustees at Temple University