About the President

Dr. Jason Wingard, Temple University’s 12th President

An innovative thought leader with experience that spans across higher education and business, Jason Wingard, PhD, became Temple University’s 12th president on July 1, 2021. President Wingard brings a combination of academic accomplishments and real-world experience to the role. 

President Jason Wingard

Before coming to Temple, Dr. Wingard was the dean and professor of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University. His academic career includes serving as vice dean of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and senior leadership posts at Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Dr. Wingard also taught classes, including leadership development and organizational strategy courses at Columbia.

Vision for Temple

President Wingard’s vision is grounded in a compelling, promising future for the university primarily focused on student success, career readiness and community engagement. His current priorities address the changing landscape of higher education and the future of work for the more than 37,000 students who call Temple home. As part of this initiative, he will build upon and elevate our excellence as an institution of higher education.

This vision will guide President Wingard’s presidency as the chief ambassador for Temple, nationally recognized as a center of excellence in teaching, research and healthcare with campuses and partnerships here and across the globe including Temple Health, Temple Rome and Temple University Japan.

He will focus on Temple’s longstanding commitment to equity and access as well as the opportunity to advance innovation in teaching and learning to better prepare students to meet the changing demands of employers. President Wingard will emphasize reviewing the university’s current academic curricula to ensure all Temple students graduate with the skills top employers desire and are ready to lead in their professional careers. Students will also be positioned for lifelong learning, preparing them for success throughout their careers. 

He plans to strengthen Temple’s value proposition, ensuring that we continue to lead as a regional and global leader in higher education and research. President Wingard recognizes the importance of Temple as Philadelphia’s public university and our commitment to our surrounding communities. He is dedicated to engaging authentically with our neighbors and deepening the university’s relationships both in the city and the broader region. Read more about the president’s key initiatives

President Wingard speaking with Temple students on Main Campus.

Photo by Photography by: Betsy Manning

Ties to Philadelphia and Temple

Having grown up in the greater Philadelphia region and as a longtime Philadelphia resident, President Wingard has a deep appreciation and passion for the city and Temple. He also has a lifelong connection to the university.

His father, Levi, attended graduate school at Temple, and as a child, President Wingard himself participated in basketball camps led by former men’s basketball Head Coach John Chaney. He’s also a devoted listener of WRTI’s Bob Perkins.

He lives in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife, Gingi, and their five children.

Prior Roles

In addition to his academic roles, President Wingard serves as founder and chair of The Education Board, Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in organizational strategy, leadership development and business planning for business, corporate, entertainment, higher education, kindergarten through grade 12 education, nonprofit and special needs populations.

President Wingard serves as a member of the board of directors of Kroll, the world’s premier provider of services and digital products related to governance, risk and transparency. As a public servant, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of JUST Capital, an independent nonprofit that tracks, analyzes and engages with large corporations and their investors on how they perform on the public’s priorities. He also serves on the board for the Roundabout Theater Company, a New York-based organization that prioritizes and elevates the power of theater through educational programs; artist support; and reducing cultural, financial and physical barriers to theatergoing. He previously served on the Boards of Directors for Tides, Building 21, United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia, the National Center for Fathering and Philadelphia Futures.

President Wingard was the chief learning officer of Goldman Sachs. He serves on the board of directors of Kroll, a multinational financial consultancy firm based in New York City. He is also a strategic advisor for PepsiCo.

President Wingard and students in the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication.

Photo by Photography by: Joseph V. Labolito

Publications

President Wingard has lectured and written extensively on the topic of strategy, learning and leadership. He has authored several books, including

  • The Great Skills Gap: Optimizing the Talent Pipeline for the Future of Work (2021),
  • Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy (2016) and
  • Learning to Succeed: Reinventing Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change (2015).

He currently serves as a senior contributor on leadership strategy to Forbes and is represented by several global speakers’ bureaus. 

Read the president’s latest publications.

Education

President Wingard holds a BA in sociology from Stanford University, a master’s in education from Emory University, an EdM in technology in education from Harvard University and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.