Jason Wingard, former dean of Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, will become Temple University's 12th president, the university announced Tuesday.
Wingard will step into the role on July 1 -- the same day that current president Richard M. Englert retires from the presidency. Wingard will be the first Black president in Temple’s 137-year history.
“I am honored by the board’s selection and excited to lead one of the nation’s premier urban research universities,” Wingard said in a statement. “Temple will continue to provide its diverse and talented community of learners an unparalleled, accessible opportunity to leverage a best-in-class network of faculty and academic resources in support of dynamic and lifelong professional goals.”