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    SEPTEMBER 22, 2005
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Professor James Hilty named acting dean of Ambler College

      History professor James Hilty, a nationally recognized scholar of the American presidency, has been named acting dean of Ambler College, effective Oct. 1, Provost Ira Schwartz has announced.


            A national search will be conducted for a successor to Sophia Wisniewska, who resigned her post as Ambler dean during the summer to become chancellor of Penn State's Delaware County Campus.

            "Jim Hilty is a highly regarded scholar and teacher whose familiarity with Ambler College's offerings ensures that the suburban campus is in capable hands during this interim period," Schwartz said.

            Hilty, coordinator of the history curriculum at the Ambler Campus, has been on the Temple faculty for more than three decades.   He is a recipient of the University's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and writes frequently about the U.S. presidency.   His book Robert Kennedy: Brother Protector is a political-biographical study of the Kennedy presidency and RFK's role, and Hilty has contributed several chapters to books on the presidency and written articles about several presidential administrations.  

            "I am honored to be entrusted with guiding Ambler College during this transition," Hilty said.   "There are many great things happening on the Ambler Campus, and we will continue to enhance our programs while seeking a new dean."      

            During his career at Temple, Hilty has served as acting dean of the Graduate School, associate provost for planning and chair of the history department, among other roles.

            Temple's Ambler College is one of the University's 17 degree-granting schools and colleges.   Based at Temple's Ambler Campus, it is home to the Center for Sustainable Communities and the department of community and regional planning and the department of landscape architecture and horticulture.   Twenty-one undergraduate degrees can be completed at the Ambler Campus, where an $18 million high-tech learning center is under construction and where and four of Temple's NCAA Division I athletic teams (men's soccer, women's soccer, baseball and softball) play their games.  The Ambler Campus has been designated an arboretum, which is open to the public as an educational and scientific resource.