Deputy Provost Richard Englert named interim provost
Deputy Provost Richard M. Englert will become interim provost on July 1, incoming Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart announced. Englert will act as Temple's chief academic officer while a search is conducted for a successor to Provost Ira M. Schwartz, who has resigned to become president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
"As Temple's second-ranking officer in academic affairs, and as someone who has held leadership roles in nearly every part of the University, Dick Englert is the perfect person to lead academic affairs at Temple and continue to move the University forward in partnership with the deans and other academic leaders as we search for a new provost," Hart said. "I admire his commitment to Temple, and I thank him for once again answering the call of his University."
"I am delighted and honored to serve as interim provost at such a significant time in Temple's history," Englert said. "The ongoing expansion of our faculty, the pending introduction of a new curriculum for all undergraduates and plans to expand our honors programs and enhance our research stature are all at important stages. It is going to be an exciting year, and I especially appreciate the great opportunity to work with President Hart."
Englert, who has been deputy provost and dean of University College since 2003, has held many leadership positions at Temple, including: chief of staff to the President (1984-85); dean of the College of Education (1986-90); associate vice president for administration (1991-97); acting director of intercollegiate athletics (1996); acting dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (1997-98); acting chief administrative officer of the School of Podiatric Medicine (1998); and vice president for administration (1997-2003). He joined Temple's faculty in 1976 and is a professor of educational administration.
As deputy provost, Englert oversees the University's cyclical review of all academic programs, relationships with external accrediting bodies, the Teaching and Learning Center and the strategic planning of schools and colleges. As dean of University College, he supervises the academic programs of the University's regional campuses and other outreach activities. Englert's scholarship, writing and teaching have focused on the areas of the administration of higher education, the politics of education and urban education. He has also served on a number of professional, community and University boards, committees and task forces. For example, he is one of three co-chairs for "Together for Temple," the first comprehensive faculty and staff fund-raising campaign, a member of the University's Promotion and Tenure Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chester Community Charter School in the Chester-Upland School District in Pennsylvania.
Englert holds a doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of California at Los Angeles, a master's degree in elementary education from Pepperdine University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. John's College in California.