Last Updated on September 20, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
JoAnne Epps, Acting President of Temple University, sadly passed away at the age of 72 after falling ill during a memorial service on campus. The cause of her death has not yet been announced, but it has been reported that Epps collapsed on stage during the event.
Immediately after her collapse, Epps received prompt medical attention at the scene and was quickly transported to Temple Hospital. Medical professionals made efforts to resuscitate her, however, despite their best attempts, they were unable to save her life.
Epps had taken over the role of Acting President in April following the resignation of then-President Jason Wingard. With over three decades of experience at Temple University, Epps had held various leadership positions, making her a respected and well-known figure within the institution.
Temple University, home to approximately 37,000 students, has a well-established reputation for its extensive research and education programs. Epps’ passing has left a profound impact on the university community. Students, faculty, and staff are mourning her loss and remembering her contributions to the university throughout her long and illustrious career.
The university has not released any further details regarding memorial services or plans to honor Epps’ legacy. However, it is expected that the Temple University community will come together to celebrate her life and achievements in the near future.
As news of JoAnne Epps’ passing spreads within the academic community, tributes and condolences are pouring in from across the nation. Many express their deep sorrow at the loss of a leader who was widely regarded as caring, passionate, and dedicated to the advancement of higher education.
While the university mourns the loss of its acting president, the Temple University community is focused on supporting one another during this difficult time. Counselors and support services have been made available to assist students, faculty, and staff in coping with the profound sadness caused by Epps’ untimely death.
As investigations into the cause of Epps’ collapse during the memorial service continue, the university community remains united in grief and remembrance. JoAnne Epps’ impact on Temple University and the broader academic world will not be forgotten, and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of leaders in higher education.