Coopersmith joins President Hart's staff
Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart has named Melissa Coopersmith, previously associate vice president for campaign programs in Development and Alumni Affairs, as special assistant to the president, effective immediately.
In her new role, Coopersmith will help manage the President’s schedule, conduct research, prepare briefing materials, draft reports and correspondence, and serve as principal liaison to the Development Office.
“Melissa Coopersmith’s contributions to Temple and her accomplishments prior to joining the University make her an ideal candidate to fulfill this role as we continue Temple’s advancement,” Hart said. “Melissa has formed strong relationships with Temple’s leaders on and off campus, she knows the region’s opinion leaders, and she knows how to get things done.”
“I am thrilled by this opportunity to work even more closely with President Hart in a way that will let me continue relationships with our alumni and academic and administrative leadership,” Coopersmith said. “I am looking forward to helping President Hart lead Temple into a period of great promise for the University.”
Coopersmith joined Temple in October 2004 and has been responsible for helping develop funding priorities, recruit volunteer leadership and plan special events as the University prepares to launch its first ever comprehensive campaign next fall. Prior to joining Temple, Coopersmith served as director of development for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, director of sponsorship and marketing for Philadelphia’s annual Independence Day festival—Welcome America!— and Millennium Philadelphia, the city’s 18-month celebration of the new Millennium.
Coopersmith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in philosophy and minors in art history and French.