Trustee Daniel Whelan
Like many law school applicants, Daniel Whelan was not accepted by all of his choices. But studying at Temple Law School turned out to be the right choice for him, and he is excited that the University is more and more often the first choice for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
“My aspiration for Temple — and we’re well on our way — is to see us in the top rank of urban public universities,” Whelan said. “Temple has the potential to become the kind of place that people think about in the same ways that they think of a USC or a UCLA.”
As for his experience as a Temple law student, “it was wonderful. The faculty provided a terrific mix of intellectualism and practicality,” Whelan said. “I received a great education.”
Whelan studied law after completing his bachelor’s degree at La Salle University and serving three years in the Navy. Law school appealed to him because “I wanted an intellectual pursuit, I love to argue, and I think I’m a fairly good writer,” he said.
He spent most of his career in the telecommunications industry, serving in various capacities for what is now Verizon Communications Inc. His legal work there included handling rate cases and other regulatory issues. After 1986, however, he served in roles beyond the legal arena, overseeing areas such as operations and public affairs. He left Verizon in 2003 after consecutively leading Verizon in Maryland and then in Pennsylvania as president and CEO of those divisions. He now is of counsel at the firm Montgomery McCracken Walker and Rhoads.
When the state first took control of the School District of Philadelphia, then-Gov. Mark Schweiker appointed Whelan to the School Reform Commission. Whelan praised Temple’s Partnership Schools Program, in which the University manages several public schools near Main Campus, provides teacher training and conducts family outreach to help parents become more involved.
“I like to look at problems from the 30,000-foot level, find ways of solving them and then implement the solutions that my team and I come up with,” said Whelan, who has served on the Law School’s advisory board since 1997.
Whelan joined the Board of Trustees in 2003 and serves as vice chairman of the audit committee. He also serves on a special committee overseeing the numerous construction projects under way and planned for Temple.
“Temple has a wonderful future,” he said. “It offers affordable access to high quality. Our enrollment growth does put a lot of pressure on funding capital construction and on recruiting faculty and staff, and it could create a problem relative to our traditional mission of serving city students. But I think President Adamany is doing a great job of balancing improving quality while sustaining affordable access for capable students both from the city and beyond.
“Temple always has been good quality at a good price, and it’s only getting better.”
- By Mark Eyerly