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Temple's Presidents

Russell Conwell

Russell H. Conwell
• Temple's first president and founder of Temple College. Pastor, orator, writer and attorney. The temporary Board of Trustees elected him president of the faculty on Oct. 14, 1887, and he served until his death on Dec. 6, 1925.

• Conwell earned a law degree at Albany Law School.

• Conwell’s Temple originally began as a theological class. Later it was a workers' night school in the basement of Conwell's Grace Baptist Church. Fiercely democratic, it kept its fees low, welcoming students regardless of their background. Conwell also founded Samaritan Hospital (now Temple University Hospital).


Charles Beury

Charles Ezra Beury
• Temple's second president. Bank executive, lawyer and trustee of the university.

• Beury graduated from Princeton in 1903 and went on to receive a law degree from Harvard three years later. His career as a lawyer and banker brought him to Temple's Board of Trustees, where Conwell spotted him as a likely successor.

• During his tenure, Beury was best known for his fund-raising abilities. Raising millions of dollars over the course of his presidency, he was responsible for building Carnell and Mitten halls and a new School of Medicine. Enrollment also increased under his supervision to 13,000.


Robert Livingston Johnson

Robert Livingston Johnson
• Temple's third president. Management consultant and former vice president of Time Inc.

• Johnson was a journalist and Yale-educated businessman. Along with three of his Yale classmates, Johnson founded Time Inc.

• Seven buildings were added to the growing campus, including Curtis and Peabody halls and a Law School facility, and several hundred new faculty members were hired. Johnson also stipulated that Temple’s trustees should create a new job, provost, to supervise the university's educational programs.


Millard Gladfelter

Millard E. Gladfelter
• Temple's fourth president. Served as vice president and provost of the university before assuming office.

• Gladfelter earned his master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1945.

• During Gladfelter’s tenure, Temple expanded its research activity, added four schools and colleges including the School of Communications and Theater, erected seven buildings and started seven others including Barton and Beury halls, and dramatically increased enrollment. The university also became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education under Gladfelter in 1965.


Paul R. Anderson

Paul R. Anderson
• Temple's fifth president. Vice president of academic affairs of the university and a former president of Chatham College.

• Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he majored in speech, philosophy and Greek, and a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University.

• A number of buildings — including McGonigle Hall, Paley Library, the Klein Law Building and Anderson and Gladfelter halls — were built during Anderson's years as president.



Marvin Wachman

Marvin Wachman
• Temple's sixth president. Vice president for academic affairs of the university and a former president of Lincoln University.

• Wachman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Northwestern University and earned a doctorate in history from the University of Illinois.

• During his nine years as president, Wachman succeeded in improving facilities, community relations and finances. He also opened the Temple University Center City and Temple University Japan campuses.



Peter J. Liacouras

Peter J. Liacouras
• Temple's seventh president. Served as dean of the Temple School of Law.

• Liacouras holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drexel University, and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (J.D.) and Harvard Law School (L.L.M.).

• Under Liacouras, the university went through the largest construction and renovation projects in Temple's history — nearly $800 million in little more than a decade. In addition to the Liacouras Center and the Tuttleman Learning Center, he oversaw construction of two residence halls, Temple Children's Medical Center, three student recreation centers, Shusterman Hall and Barrack Hall and the renovation of science laboratories. During his term, the university also launched the core curriculum, which included Intellectual Heritage, the Learning Communities and other academic and programmatic initiatives.


David Adamany

David Adamany
• Temple’s eighth president. Previously president of Wayne State University and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maryland.

• Adamany holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

• During Adamany’s tenure, the university’s student enrollment increased by 17 percent, and undergraduate enrollment increased by 33 percent, making Temple the nation’s 28th-largest university. Adamany oversaw 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. The number of students living on or near campus reached 9,000 as $180 million in private investment created new student-oriented housing and retail establishments.

Ann Weaver Hart

Ann Weaver Hart
• Temple’s ninth president. Temple’s first female president, she was previously president of the University of New Hampshire, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Utah.

• Hart earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and a doctorate in educational administration, all from the University of Utah. Her research interests include leadership succession and development, work redesign and organizational behavior in educational organizations, and academic freedom and freedom of speech in higher education.

— Karen Shuey, for the Temple Times
With Carol Ann Harris, Temple University Libraries’ Templana Collection




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