Presidential Profile

Temple has prioritized inclusive and intensive community involvement to help establish the principles that inform and guide development of the presidential profile, recruitment and ultimately the selection of the candidate pool. 

This page will be continuously updated with information about the search as milestones are met. 

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Community Engagement Report Research Findings

The community is confident that we are at a turning point for Temple: the next president must embody what distinguishes us, build on our momentum and harness our collective strengths so we are positioned on a positive, ambitious path forward

The Temple community clearly appreciates that the vitality and success of the university, its neighbors and the region are interdependent and want an experienced leader that both ‘gets it’ and is able to lead with trust at this critical juncture. The engagement work reflected in this report will be invaluable to the search.” 

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Pedro Ramos

President and CEO, Philadelphia Foundation; member, Search Advisory Committee

These findings emphasize our common points of pride in Temple, opportunities and challenges for the university, and desired attributes that are critical to successfully leading Temple.

Points of pride: Together, we are confident in our defining strengths and that they should inform the search. These include how we uphold Temple’s mission to make higher education accessible; how we prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion; our R1 research status and climb in the U.S. News and World Report rankings; the tenacity and drive of our students; and our commitment to and the significance of our responsibility to our neighbors and communities

Challenges and opportunities: The top three action items we believe our next president must address are safety; improving relationships with our neighbors and community; and sustainable financial stability and enrollment.

Leadership traits: The next president should possess the traits necessary for leading an urban, public institution—someone who is compassionate and visionary. What will ultimately set this candidate apart is someone with a commitment to teaching, research and service; demonstrated advocacy for higher education opportunities and accessibility; and prior relevant experience.