Provost Ira Schwartz steps down, will lead local non-profit
Provost Ira Schwartz, Temple University's chief academic officer since 2001, will be stepping down in June to assume the positions of president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, effective July 1, 2006.
"Ira has been at the center of Temple's recent academic advancements, from recruiting new faculty and enhancing research efforts to strengthening the Honors Program and building a new general education requirement," said Temple President David Adamany. "All of us in the Temple community give him our thanks for a job well done and our heartfelt wishes for continued success."
As provost, Schwartz has been responsible for all the University's academic and research programs. During his tenure, Temple has hired more than 140 tenured and tenure-track faculty members from the world's leading institutions. Research awards received by Temple have increased more than 28 percent and research expenditures have increased by 40 percent since fiscal 2001. Along with Temple faculty members and President Adamany, Schwartz helped create a new program for general education for all Temple undergraduates that was approved by the Faculty Senate in 2004.
"Ira's tenure also will be remembered for his zeal in creating a team of dedicated deans who work together well and for emphasizing student education first," said John M. Daly, dean of Temple's School of Medicine, one of seven deans hired under Schwartz.
"It has been a great five years here at Temple; I'll miss this place, and of course I'll miss my colleagues," said Schwartz. "President Adamany has Temple on track to become the finest urban public research university in the nation. There are plenty of challenges ahead, but with a faculty as strong and committed as Temple's -- and more great recruits soon to arrive -- the future looks bright."
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, commonly known as "Federation," is the region's preeminent non-profit community organization, focusing on Jewish education, human services, family and economic needs.
"Federation is a wonderful organization that provides a leadership role in ensuring that community priorities are addressed and vital services are provided to the Jewish community," Schwartz said.
Before coming to Temple, Schwartz was the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has held academic appointments at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.