Hart named Temple president
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| Ann Weaver Hart, the president of the University of New Hampshire, visited campus on May 2 to speak with students, faculty and staff. Two days later, she was elected the ninth president of Temple University by its Board of Trustees. She will assume leadership of Temple on July 1.
Ann Weaver Hart, the president of the University of New Hampshire, was elected the ninth president of Temple University on May 4 by its Board of Trustees.
Hart, Temple’s first female president, will assume leadership of America’s 26th-largest university on July 1, succeeding David W. Adamany, who is retiring June 30 after nearly six years at Temple’s helm.
Trustee Daniel H. Polett, who chaired the 17-member search committee that unanimously recommended Hart to the Board of Trustees, described the University’s next president as “an experienced educator and visionary leader who will continue to advance Temple’s standing in higher education nationally and around the world.”
“President Hart believes in the transformative power of education,” Polett said. “She expects excellence, dislikes elitism and is devoted to building a sense of unity around a common purpose. She is the right leader at the right time for Temple.”
Hart, 57, has been president at New Hampshire since 2002. She previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University and as professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president at the University of Utah.
“I am honored to be entrusted with the leadership of Temple University, an institution of profound accomplishment, relevance and promise,” Hart said. “Temple epitomizes what it means to be an urban public research university: creating knowledge, improving lives and serving the community.
“I am looking forward to collaborating with all of my colleagues at Temple, including the faculty, deans and administrators, and getting to know its remarkable students, alumni and friends in the community,” she added. “As one leader of many leaders at Temple, I see my role as working to focus on our highest aspirations and dreams, building talent and taking concerted action to help us move forward. Temple’s recent advancements in academics, admissions, faculty recruitment and campus life are being noticed in higher education circles and in the media. I am excited to be leading Temple into a period of tremendous growth and development.”
In 2005, New Hampshire attracted more than $100 million in outside research funding for the first time in its history, and it recently was awarded a $38 million grant from NASA. The University of New Hampshire is one of only nine universities ranked as a top-tier land, space and sea grant institution, designations that provide federal funding for research, education and outreach efforts authorized by Congress.
At Temple, Hart will lead a university that is in the midst of recruiting more than 300 tenured and tenure-track scholars to its faculty from the world’s leading institutions and is conducting a $400 million construction program that includes a new School of Medicine, a new Tyler School of Art and an expansion of The Fox School of Business and Management.
Temple is a comprehensive public research university that enrolls more than 34,000 students and is one of the nation’s leading centers of professional education. Its student body has been ranked the second-most diverse in the United States, and nearly 9,000 students now live on or around Temple’s increasingly vibrant and residential Main Campus, which also boasts the largest college computer center in the country.
Adamany praised Hart as “a strong leader who understands the importance of education for its own sake, as well as for career preparation. She will be a great president.”
Trustees Chairman Howard Gittis pointed to Hart’s experiences in the classroom, as well as in academic and administrative leadership positions.
“President Hart is a teacher and researcher, a mentor to students and a colleague to faculty,” Gittis said. “She has extensive experience in higher education policy and funding issues, and has conducted research on leadership succession, organizational behavior in educational organizations, and academic freedom and freedom of speech in higher education.”
Hart received her master’s degree in history and doctorate in educational administration from the University of Utah. Her publications include more than 85 articles and book chapters and five books and edited volumes. She has served as editor of Educational Administration Quarterly, the top refereed research journal in her field.
During her career, Hart has been actively involved in leadership roles in numerous professional and service organizations. She is chair-elect of the Commission on International Programs of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. Hart serves on the Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of New Hampshire, and the Board of Governors of New Hampshire Public Television, as well as serving as an incorporator of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
She has been recognized for her achievements and service by many organizations, including the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the University Council for Educational Administration, and the Utah Women’s Forum, and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Humanities of the University of Utah.
Hart and her husband, Randy, have four daughters, two granddaughters and four grandsons.
The search for Temple’s ninth president was conducted by a search committee led by Polett and consultant R. William “Bill” Funk, of Korn/Ferry International. The search committee consisted of 12 trustees (Joan H. Ballots, Leonard Barrack, Nelson A. Diaz, Richard J. Fox, Gittis, Lewis Katz, Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall III, Mitchell L. Morgan, Judge Theodore A. McKee, Polett, Patrick J. O’Connor and Judge Anthony Scirica), two faculty members (Jane Evans, professor of art history in the Tyler School of Art and chair of the Faculty Senate, and Terry A. Halbert, professor of legal studies in The Fox School of Business and Management and director of General Education), one student (Oscar Chow, president of Temple Student Government), one alumna (Loretta C. Duckworth, president of the General Alumni Association), and one senior administrator (Clarence D. Armbrister, senior vice president).
- By Mark Eyerly