Richard M. Englert to serve as Temple's acting president

To the Temple University Community:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Richard M. Englert, the Provost and Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University, has agreed to assume the responsibilities of President of Temple University beginning July 1, 2012. Dr. Englert will serve as Acting President of Temple University until the Presidential Search Committee completes its work and recommends to the Board of Trustees an individual to become the next president of the University.

The Board of Trustees took initial action on the acting appointment this morning. The Board of Trustees will ratify Dr. Englert’s appointment at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 21.

The search committee continues to actively review, assess and meet with potential candidates. The committee has been pleased with the quality of the candidates and is confident that it will successfully complete the search in the next several months. 

Dr. Englert brings a wealth of leadership, knowledge and Temple experience to the post of Acting President. 

A professor of educational administration, Dr. Englert has been at Temple since January 1976. He has served the university with distinction in a number of positions, including vice president for administration, associate dean and dean of the College of Education, deputy provost and dean of the University College, and chief of staff to the president.

In an acting capacity, he has also served as dean of the graduate school, CEO of the School of Podiatric Medicine, director of athletics and dean of the former College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was awarded a doctoral degree in educational administration in 1976, he also has a master’s degree from Pepperdine University (1971) and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in California (1967).

The Board of Trustees has full confidence that Dr. Englert will ably lead the university in the months ahead with fidelity to its mission of access to excellence.  We call on all members of the Temple University community to give Dr. Englert their full support during his time as Acting President.

Patrick J. O'Connor, Chair
Temple University Board of Trustees
Presidential Search Committee