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Job description for Temple’s next president

Following is the position description for Temple’s next president. The description also is available on the Presidential Search Committee’s Web site at www.temple.edu/secretary/search_commitee_position.htm.

Duties and responsibilities

The president is the chief executive officer of the University and reports to the Board of Trustees. As the chief executive officer, the president works in close collaboration not only with the Board of Trustees, but also with a wide range of internal and external constituencies to provide overall leadership and direction for the University. The president is expected to foster and build upon the existing strengths and traditions of the University and to provide the personal and professional leadership to guide its future course. The president is expected to nurture the human and financial resources of the University, and to advance its role and standing in higher education throughout the world. 

More specifically, the president is expected to:

• Exercise very broad delegated powers in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Trustees.

• Keep the Board of Trustees closely apprised of developments within the University, formulate plans and policies for board consideration and approval, and implement the resulting board policies.

• Operate with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s higher education framework, which includes maintaining effective and harmonious relationships with the General Assembly, Governor’s Office, state and federal agencies, and the general public.

• Work cooperatively with the Temple University Health System, including both the educational and healthcare provision components of the system, in support of the missions of the University’s healthcare-related schools and colleges. 

• Embrace a prominent and sustained role in fund raising, including direct solicitations from private donors and public and private entities, to expand the University’s resource base, operating funds, additions to endowments, gifts for facilities, and research grants and contracts.

• Strive for the highest levels of achievement, in cooperation with the faculty, staff and students, in all curricular and extracurricular activities in which the University participates.

• Support and further Temple University’s many areas of community service, especially within the Philadelphia region and the communities immediately surrounding its several campuses.

• Recruit, develop and retain excellent administrators, delegating requisite authority to them and providing a climate in which they can function effectively.

• Assume fiscal responsibility for and oversee the financial operations of the University.

• Communicate and interact effectively with all constituencies of the campus community, including the alumni, and the public at large to carry out the University’s mission and objectives.

• Continually assess the University’s ongoing needs in the area of technology and position the University as a world leader in the utilization of technology in education.

• Serve as an advocate for higher education at international, national, and state levels.

• Demonstrate commitment to successful intercollegiate athletics programs at the Division I level.

• Assess the future needs of society and the roles the University and higher education in meeting its challenges, including a strong commitment to respecting and valuing the differences among all the diverse groups comprising our nation and the world. 

• Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees, and collaborate with the board in developing strategic priorities and goals for all parts of the University.

Educational and experience requirements

Leading candidates for the presidency of Temple University will have distinguished records of both professional accomplishment and administrative experience in the field of higher education or such other fields of endeavor as business, government, foundations or nonprofit enterprise.

A highest earned degree is preferred. These candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to the mission of Temple University, and will have a vision for the role of Temple University and higher education in the 21st century. Further, the candidates will have exhibited the qualities of intellectual depth, presence, stature and stamina, as well as skill in communicating with diverse groups of people.

Performance expectations

In addition to the broad intellectual perspective, distinguished background and strong leadership characteristics that are required, the president of Temple University is expected to:

• Lead the University effectively, building a sense of unity and common high purpose.

• Articulate a clear academic and organizational vision for the University and its various units that defines its place among other institutions of higher learning.

• Be entrepreneurial, creative and persuasive in the pursuit of that vision and demonstrate the ability to initiate and implement innovative strategic change in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

• Demonstrate an inclusive, sensitive and humanistic style of leadership that exhibits courage and imagination in dealing with conflict and an ability to build bridges among potentially competing interests and differing points of view.

• Communicate openly and respectfully with all the University’s constituencies — including, students, faculty, alumni, administration, staff, the surrounding communities, and the Board of Trustees — to clarify issues and elaborate decisions.

• Be a visibly involved and interactive leader of change — a motivator who sets a tone of excellence, stimulates entrepreneurial thinking, and inspires respect among all of the University constituencies.

• Maintain an appropriate balance among academic, athletic, creative and social interests in keeping with the University’s mission and priorities.

• Exercise fiscal responsibility with University funds.

• Demonstrate an ability to oversee a governance system that is responsive to the needs of all constituencies, modifying it as appropriate to fulfill the University’s mission.

• Be a discerning listener, open, accessible, trusting of others, and responsive to the ideas of others.

• Be willing to confront difficult choices and to be thoughtful, fair, courageous, compassionate and objective in decision-making.

• Be active, energetic, dynamic and well-organized, with an appreciation of the special culture and history of Temple University, and lead the University with a sense of pride in its accomplishments and excitement about its potential.

• Exhibit strong moral character and unfailing personal and professional integrity.