William Parshall named executive director of Ambler and Center City Campuses

Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico has announced the appointment of William Parshall to executive director of both the Ambler and TUCC campuses effective Jan. 1, 2010; James Hilty will retire from his role as interim dean of the Ambler Campus on Dec. 31. Currently, Parshall is director of Temple University Center City (TUCC) and Extension Services.

“Bill’s new expanded leadership responsibilities have exciting implications for both the future of the Ambler campus and Temple University,” said Lisa Staiano-Coico, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.  “As the leader of Ambler, as well as TUCC, Bill will oversee the operations of both campuses, and he will spearhead the university’s initiatives for adult learning, working with the schools and colleges to enable Temple to capitalize on the burgeoning educational market for adults.”

Parshall has a distinguished record in leading TUCC since 2001. He helped to grow the number of students at TUCC from 2400 in 2001 to about 4000; and students at the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute, for retirees over age 55, from 500 in 2001 to a level that is on track to reach 800 students this year.

“I’m excited to be working with the provost, the deans and Ambler faculty and staff to build the programs for adult learning at the Ambler campus and make it a key hub for these initiatives,” said Parshall, “and I’m grateful to Dean Hilty for the terrific groundwork he has already put in place to start building these initiatives.”

Since 2005, Hilty has provided overall leadership for Ambler College and the Ambler Campus, contributing many notable accomplishments, including opening a new Teaching and Learning Center, expanding the arboretum and formal gardens and increasing community outreach. 

“It’s been satisfying to help the Ambler Campus grow and to institute some events, such as the cultural affairs series, that bring the campus a little closer to the community and the community closer to the campus,” said Hilty, who just completed a history of Temple’s 125 years to be published this spring.

Hilty will return full-time to his roles as professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of Community and Regional Planning in the School of Environmental Design.