Key administrative posts filled across University
A number of new administrative appointments were announced over the summer. Watch for more information about these new additions to the Temple community and the work they’re doing in upcoming issues of the Temple Times.
Associate vice president of multicultural affairs
Rhonda Brown was hired to direct the University’s new Office of Multicultural Affairs, a new administrative body that will advance one of the University’s core missions, the continued growth of Temple as a diverse community of students, scholars, teachers and administrators.
The OMCA’s agenda will be much broader than the University’s Office of Affirmative Action, which has been merged into the OMCA. Reporting to Brown are four OMCA units: a recruitment and retention unit, responsible for attracting and retaining people of color and women at all levels of the institution; a compliance and investigation unit, which will expand the responsibilities of the Office of Affirmative Action; a business relations unit, which will work to increase and improve partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses; and a student support services unit, responsible for enhancing the education, personal development and quality of life of a diverse student body. Brown comes to Temple after serving as the first director of the Office of Institutional Equity at the University of Notre Dame, where she spearheaded the university’s affirmative action and equal opportunity efforts. Brown received a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1986.
Associate vice president for budget and fiscal affairs
Vanessa Rose, former assistant vice president at Detroit’s Wayne State University, was selected to succeed Richard Chant, who first joined the University in 1983. At Wayne State, Rose was responsible for developing the annual budget, evaluating funding needs and identifying funding options relative to that university’s strategic needs. Temple’s total spending is approximately $902 million annually and Temple’s assets (excluding the physical plant) have grown 143 percent to almost $500 million over the past 10 years. A recently released report found that Temple’s annual direct expenditures generate $3.1 billion of economic activity in Pennsylvania.
In May, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services upgraded its Temple rating to A+; one year ago, Moody’s upgraded Temple’s long-term underlying debt rating from A2 to A1.
Assistant vice president for alumni relations and executive director of the General Alumni Association
Deborah Fowlkes has succeeded John MacDonald, who retired in the summer of 2004 after a 40-year career with Temple. Fowlkes brings to Temple an accomplished record with her previous employer, Duke University, where she most recently served as director of alumni education and travel and founded Duke’s alumni continuing education program. A Duke alumna, Fowlkes began her higher education career there in 1986 with the office of undergraduate admissions. In her dual roles, Fowlkes describes her primary responsibility as “creating ways to keep Temple’s 240,000 alumni connected to the University.” She intends to draw from her experience directing alumni education programs at Duke to similarly unite Temple graduates.
Vice provost for faculty affairs
Bonnie S. Brennen, professor and chair of journalism, succeeds Ronald J. Tallarida, who stepped down on July 31 to return to his federally funded research and teaching activities in the pharmacology department. In fall 2004, Brennen joined Temple from the University of Missouri, one of the top journalism programs in the country. Her scholarly work centers on journalism history and cultural studies, and she is a highly recognized and prominent educator and scholar in the field of journalism and mass communications. Brennen brings experience in faculty affairs at the University of Missouri and has already served as a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Tenure and Promotion at Temple.
Chief information security officer
Ken Ihrer, a senior-level information security and privacy professional with success in management, design and teaching, is responsible for the design, implementation and testing of all security components of the University’s information technology architecture. He is ultimately responsible for Temple’s IT security policies, standards and guidelines. Ihrer’s previous positions include senior manager with Caremark Rx Inc., national security practice manager with Sprint E-Solutions, network operations center manager/principal analyst for the Dallas Independent School District, and regional technical representative with Unisys Corp.
Director of the Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler
Jenny Rose Carey succeeds arboretum founding director Stephanie Cohen, a Temple Ambler alumna and co-author of Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer with Nancy Ondra. Also an Ambler alumna, Carey graduated summa cum laude with an associate of science degree in horticulture in 2003. She continued her stay at the Ambler Campus as an adjunct professor in the landscape architecture and horticulture department. Carey brings a background in research of historical Philadelphia gardens and women’s roles in the development of gardens and horticultural styles in the early 20th century. Carey plans to undertake improvement projects including new designs for the gardens, irrigation, lighting, signage, tagging and accessibility.
She also is responsible for working with academic and administrative units to provide educational programs for the community in addition to supporting the curricula of the department of landscape architecture and horticulture and the use of the arboretum and its facilities across academic disciplines.