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    JANUARY 19, 2006
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David Adamany to retire June 30
as Temple University President

Temple University Board Chairman Howard Gittis announced today that David Adamany will retire as President of the University effective June 30, 2006 — capping a remarkable six-year tenure that has featured dramatic growth in Temple’s student body and in Temple’s impact throughout the region.

Adamany, who will turn 70 this year, announced his retirement in conjunction with Gittis’ own decision this past fall to step down as Temple Board chairman in October 2006.  The tenure of the two leaders has been marked by a period of tremendous growth for the University: a 33 percent increase in the undergraduate student population, rising SAT test scores and, thanks to a nationwide recruitment effort, an infusion of some of the best and brightest new academic talent among Temple’s faculty and research staff.

“It is with great sadness that we announce David Adamany’s retirement as President of the University,” Board Chairman Gittis said in revealing the news at today’s meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees executive committee.  “While we’ve known from the start of David’s tenure as President that this day was coming, that knowledge does not make this announcement any easier for any of us in the Temple family.

“David Adamany has done a terrific job as President of the University, by every standard of measurement,” Gittis said.  “His tenure will long be remembered as a time when Temple made spectacular progress — a growing student body, great new additions to our outstanding faculty, and significant new investment in our community as Temple continues to revitalize North Philadelphia as well as our own campus.”

Adamany will continue at Temple as the Laura Carnell Professor of Law and Political Science, where he has taught a course on the U.S. Supreme Court.  The University will commence a nationwide search for his successor immediately.

“Howard Gittis and I agreed from the beginning that we would serve together to chart a course for progress at Temple, and now is the time for a new President and new Board leadership to write the next chapter in Temple’s growth as a premier institution of higher education,” Adamany stated.  “I have greatly enjoyed my tenure as President, and I will always cherish the many wonderful colleagues and friends who have adopted me as a member of the Temple family.”

During the past six years, the University’s student enrollment has increased by 17 percent, and undergraduate enrollment is up 33 percent.  This year, more than 34,000 students are enrolled at Temple, which is the nation’s 28th largest university.  Student applications are up by more than one-third since 2000, and average SAT scores for incoming students are up more than 60 points.  Student financial aid has increased 30 percent, and outright scholarships and grants have increased 60 percent to assist students from all backgrounds to have access to a university education; and Temple has restrained tuition growth in a period of economic difficulty. 

One of Adamany’s greatest achievements involved the creation of the new general-education curriculum for undergraduates, the first major revision of the University’s core curriculum in more than 20 years.  Starting in 2007, the “gen-ed” curriculum will require students to take 11 special gen-ed courses in eight specific categories: analytical reading and writing; great thinkers; quantitative literacy; science or technology; the arts; human behavior; structures and conduct of society; and race and diversity in America.

“Our students have a spectacular array of opportunities for specialization,” said Gittis, “but with the gen-ed curriculum, they also will be better-prepared and more well-rounded academically.”

Temple remains among the most diverse universities in America, both in terms of its student body and its faculty.   A recent national survey ranked Temple fifth among all universities in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to African-American students.  And the Princeton Review rated Temple second in diversity among the nation’s top 360 colleges and universities.

The University will continue a faculty recruitment effort that has resulted in the hiring since 2003 of more than 150 new tenured and tenure-track professors from among the leading universities in America, with 50 more faculty members expected to be recruited this year. 

At the same time, Temple University has become a major contributor to the revitalization of North Philadelphia.  The University is in the midst of a five-year, $400 million facility renewal campaign that will include new instructional, research and student services buildings, as well as major expansions and renovations to existing facilities.  Foremost among these capital projects are the relocation of the renowned Tyler School of Art from Philadelphia’s suburbs to a new flagship facility on the Main Campus; construction of a major addition to the Fox School of Business and Management; and construction of a new state-of-the-art facility for Temple’s School of Medicine.  Already completed are a new Community Education Center, a new Student Activities Center, a new 700-computer TECH Center to support student learning, and a new classroom and studio building at Temple’s Ambler Campus.  At the same time, more than 8,000 Temple students live on or adjacent to its Main Campus (nearly three times the size of the on-campus population a decade ago), and over the past six years, the University has been responsible for stimulating the development of nearly 1.3 million square feet of new residential and commercial space — representing a private investment of more than $165 million in the surrounding community.

“The last six years have seen tremendous progress for Temple University, and we are committed to continuing on that course,” said Board Chairman Gittis.  “Every member of the Temple family owes a debt of gratitude to David Adamany, and we wish him the very best in the years to come.”

Prior to his appointment as President of Temple University in August 2000, Adamany served as president of Wayne State University in Detroit from 1982 to 1997.  From 1999 to 2000, he was chief executive officer of the Detroit Public Schools under a state reorganization of the school district.  Among his numerous academic appointments are positions as a Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, California State University at Long Beach, and the University of Maryland at College Park.  During his career, Adamany has served in several government posts as well, including Secretary of Revenue, member of the Public Service Commission, and executive pardon counsel in his native state of Wisconsin.  He also has been a member of the Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity in the U.S. Department of Education and a member of the Michigan Civil Service Commission.  Adamany has been a member of corporate, foundation, health system and community boards of directors.

Adamany holds a B.A. and J.D. degree from Harvard University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  He has been awarded four honorary degrees.

Related announcements and stories:

President Adamany's statement on the current state of the University and its future.

Trustees Chairman Howard Gittis' statement.

The presidential search committee