Last Updated on September 26, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Richard Englert, the former president and current chancellor of Temple University, has been appointed as the temporary president of the university. The decision was made by the Board of Trustees to ensure steady leadership while the search for Temple’s next chief executive continues.
Englert previously served as the 11th president of Temple from 2016 to 2021 before announcing his retirement. With almost 50 years of dedication to Temple University, having first joined the campus in 1976, Englert brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new role.
This appointment follows a period of instability in Temple’s presidency. Jason Wingard served as president after Englert but had a turbulent tenure and ultimately left the school. JoAnne Epps then became the interim president, but tragically passed away after falling ill during a university event. The announcement of Englert’s appointment comes just days before Epps will be memorialized.
The Board of Trustees aims to complete the search for the next president by spring 2024, ensuring a thorough selection process. In the meantime, Englert expressed his honor and readiness to lead Temple University once again. He looks forward to engaging with the community, hearing their perspectives, and working together towards shared goals.
Englert’s return to the helm of Temple University brings continuity and stability during this transitional phase for the institution. As a respected leader with deep roots in the university, he is well-suited to guide Temple forward until a permanent president is selected.
This news also serves as a reminder of the lasting impact and dedication of individuals within the Temple University community. Englert’s appointment reflects his commitment to the university’s mission and his willingness to step up when needed.
As Temple University moves forward, its stakeholders can take comfort in the knowledge that their institution is in experienced hands. With Englert at the helm, they can expect continued progress and a steadfast commitment to the university’s success.