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Trustees Chairman Gittis on President Adamany’s retirement

Temple University President David Adamany has today [Jan. 19. 2006] advised the Board of Trustees that he will retire as President effective on June 30 of this year. With sadness, the board has accepted President Adamany’s retirement, and on behalf of the board I have expressed to David the board’s deep appreciation for the six years of exceptional leadership that he has brought to Temple University as its eighth President.

In conjunction with President Adamany’s retirement, I am announcing today that the University’s Board of Trustees will immediately commence a nationwide search for the next President of Temple University. To that end, I have today established a Presidential Search Committee, comprised of board members and representatives of the faculty, students, alumni and staff.

We’ve known from the start of David’s tenure as President that this day was coming. David and I came into office together — his service as President matching my own as Chairman of the Board of Trustees — and as we agreed at the beginning, we will be leaving together, too. But that knowledge does not make this announcement any easier for any of us in the Temple family.

By any standard, David Adamany has done a terrific job as President. During the past six years, the University’s student enrollment has increased by 17 percent, and undergraduate enrollment is up 33 percent. Our average SAT scores for incoming students are up more than 60 points. This year, more than 34,000 students are enrolled at Temple University, which is now the 28th-largest university in the nation. Our students have a spectacular array of opportunities for specialization, but they will also learn the basics. Under David Adamany’s leadership, next year the University will replace its core curriculum for undergraduates with a new program of general-education requirements for all undergraduate students, and the undergraduate Honors Program will be expanded from a two-year to a four-year program. Diversity has continued to be a hallmark of this institution under President Adamany’s guidance, and we are very proud of the fact that Temple is recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the nation, in terms of both our student body and our faculty. To help students from all economic circumstances have access to a college education, Temple has restrained tuition and greatly increased financial aid during David’s presidency.

David also has initiated an extremely ambitious faculty hiring program, at a time when many universities have been cutting back, and by the end of this year, the University will have hired more than 200 tenured and tenure-track faculty since 2003 — including some of the very best and brightest minds from many of the top universities nationwide.

And just as David Adamany has been good for Temple, Temple has been good for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. For many of those who live in our region, Temple is the road to a better life. One out of every eight college-educated people who live in the Greater Philadelphia region holds at least one degree from Temple University. Our graduates live here, learn here and stay here. Graduates of Temple’s outstanding professional schools serve throughout Pennsylvania as doctors, lawyers, dentists, pharmacists and podiatrists. And just as Temple graduates help to build Pennsylvania’s future, the University has taken a leadership role in rebuilding our immediate surrounding community.

Temple is a central force in revitalizing North Philadelphia. The University is in the midst of a five-year, $400 million facility renewal campaign that will include new instructional, research and student services buildings, as well as major expansions and renovations to existing facilities. We have already completed a new Entertainment and Community Education Center, a new Student Center and a new TECH Center that provides technology-supported study spaces for 700 students, and this summer we will complete a new high-tech learning center at our Ambler Campus. Plans are under way and most of the funding committed for a major addition to the Business School, for a new Tyler School of Art facility on the Main Campus, and a new Medical School.

At the same time, more than 8,000 of our students live on or adjacent to our Main Campus (nearly three times the size of the on-campus population a decade ago). Over the past six years, Temple’s growth has stimulated the development of apartments with more than 4,000 beds, involving private investment in the neighborhood of more than $165 million.
David leaves Temple in strong financial condition. Our net assets have doubled over the past six years and our bond ratings have been raised. This leaves a solid foundation for Temple’s continued success and for the next president to build on.

The past six years have been an era of tremendous progress for the entire University community. Temple has grown as a leading research university that puts students first, and President Adamany’s achievements will continue to influence their lives for years to come. And while we are grateful for the fact that David will remain at the University as a Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law and Political Science, there is no doubt that it will be a difficult task to replace him.

David Adamany will leave Temple a better place than he found it. His accomplishments — many of which I have briefly touched on in these remarks — are impressive, sweeping and profound. David’s successor will be able to build and expand upon a very strong foundation, including an array of initiatives already well under way. As always, the Board of Trustees will continue to provide strong, thoughtful and effective leadership during the presidential transition.
In closing, on behalf of a grateful Board of Trustees and the entire Temple family, I congratulate President David Adamany on a job very well done, and wish him the very best in the years to come.

Related announcements and stories:

David Adamany to retire as Temple University president

President Adamany's statement on the current state of the University and its future.

The presidential search committee

 

 


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