Richard M. Englert, Acting president
After 40 years of outstanding service to Temple University, Richard M. Englert became its acting president on July 21, 2016.
Englert’s latest position caps a career that has included 16 different leadership roles at Temple. Throughout this period, he has been a staunch advocate of Temple’s historic mission: access, affordability, diversity and excellence.
Englert arrived at Temple in 1976 as an assistant to the dean of the College of Education. Over the years, he has been provost and interim senior vice president for academic affairs, dean of the College of Education and vice president for administration, among many other roles.
During his career, he has always responded to Temple’s call. In July 2012, Englert began a six-month term as Temple’s acting president. With Englert at the helm, the university froze base tuition and increased financial aid for students.
In recognition of his lifelong dedication to the university, the Board of Trustees in December 2012 appointed him to the honorific role of university chancellor.
"We have been blessed to have Dick as president,” said Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O’Connor at the time. “It’s been a great pleasure working with him. The relationship that he has with the Temple community is second to none.”
Since 2012, Englert has been active as a professor in the College of Education and in various administrative projects.
He brings a wealth of experience to the acting presidency.
Englert earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also has a master’s degree from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College.
When he began his current appointment as acting president, Englert talked about his “deep respect” for Temple University.
“Having spent most of my academic career here, I have seen how Temple has become one of the best public urban research universities in the nation,” said Englert.
“While our leadership has changed over the decades, our mission has not. Temple has been—and will be—a university that is accessible, affordable, diverse and high-quality. That is who we are. It is in our DNA.”