Acting President JoAnne E. Epps at the university's 2023 Commencement

Remembering JoAnne A. Epps, Temple University’s 13th President 

The entire Temple University community is mourning the loss of President JoAnne A. Epps, who passed away on Sept. 19, 2023. President Epps stepped into the role in April 2023. She spent nearly 40 years of her life serving students, faculty, staff and alumni at the university, and her loss will reverberate through the community for years to come.

Read about her legacy in this special edition of Temple Now.

The Beasley School of Law shared more about how President Epps transformed Temple. Visit the school’s site to leave a memory or comment for her family, colleagues and friends, and see a conversation between President Epps and Dean Rachel Rebouché from June 2023. 

Celebration of Life

A recording of the Celebration of Life livestream for President JoAnne A. Epps can be viewed below.

An American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of the Celebration of Life livestream is also available. The ASL livestream only includes the recorded video of an ASL interpreter and does not include captions.

ASL Interpretation: ASL Livestream


Her Vision for Temple 

President Epps led the university with compassion and care for all students, faculty, staff and alumni. Upon being named president, she remarked, “It is an honor and privilege to serve this institution that I love so much, that has been such an important part of my life, and always will be.” 

She envisioned a path toward positive transformation, and believed strongly that together, we could make a difference. More than anything, she believed in Temple, our mission and our students. She could often be seen actively engaging with students on campus, and she knew that each of them had the potential to change the world. Her profound contributions and commitment will continue to guide and inspire us.

Acting President Epps meeting students and families on move in day 2023
President JoAnne A Epps in her office on Main Campus
President JoAnne A Epps poses with a student and their family on move in day 2023

Vigil on Sept. 20

All were invited to join the Temple community at the Bell Tower at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a special vigil in President Epps’ honor. It was a time to reflect, remember and support one another during this time of grieving. You can watch a recording of the vigil.

The Temple community gathers at the bell tower on Main Campus to honor and celebrate the life of President JoAnne A Epps