an aerial view of Temple's O'Connor Plaza on Main Campus

Temple University’s 14th President

Students walking down Polett Walk on Main Campus on a sunny spring day

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito

Temple University’s next president will join and lead a vibrant community that is passionate about the mission on which we were founded in 1884: access to a world-class education, faculty who foster inclusion and mentor students, and an emphasis on service and engagement.

Temple is Philadelphia’s public university. With 17 schools and colleges, more than 600 degree and certificate programs, and eight campuses across the globe, our impact starts here at Main Campus and expands to all seven continents. We earned our R1 Carnegie classification (highest research activity) by investing in the creation of new knowledge and innovations that positively impact many. Rich in history, we are deeply committed to Philadelphia, working in partnership with the city to support our communities. 

The Search Process

Temple’s presidential search is an important opportunity to determine how we will achieve what we have planned for the university’s future while remaining grounded in our mission. The framework for this search is built upon broad engagement intended to encourage input from diverse perspectives across a wide range of stakeholders. In partnership with our research and strategy firm, leadership advisory firm, and the Temple community, we are confident the foundation for the search process will lead to successfully selecting our next president. All inquiries, nominations and applications (CVs and letters of interest) should be sent electronically and in confidence to

The Temple T cherry red flag waving on Main Campus on a bright sunny day
The Owl statue in Temple's O'Connor Plaza on Main Campus
The bell tower on Polette Walk in the background

Leadership Advisory Firm

Spencer Stuart was selected to assist with the presidential search after a competitive and rigorous process led by a small group of trustees. The firm has a deep knowledge of higher education and a reputation for intensive candidate vetting and evaluation, with successful placements for Penn State University, Loyola University Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, among many others. The Spencer Stuart team is led by Jennifer Bol, founder of the education and social impact practice at the firm.  

The front entrance of Charles Library on Main Campus

Research and Strategy Firm

For the first time, the university has retained a research and strategy firm to help us more deeply and meaningfully engage with Temple community members and ensure their voices are heard in the search process. The Collective Genius will facilitate important stakeholder conversations through in-person and virtual listening sessions. Feedback gathered during these sessions, as well as from a survey, will be shared with the entire community in a public report, which will impact priorities set and the position description used to recruit the next president. You can complete the survey using this link.