Wingard said in a statement he is honored by the board’s selection and excited to lead “one of the nation’s premier urban research universities.”
“At a time when the uncertainty of the global marketplace is challenging the future of learning and work, Temple will lead the progression of a career-readiness agenda, built on a foundation of innovation and adaptability, to advance knowledge for relevant impact,” Wingard said. “I look forward to the work that we will undertake together, and I believe that for all this institution has achieved over the past 137 years, Temple University’s best days are yet to come.”
Temple’s current president, Richard M. Englert, will retire after 45 years at the university, including the last five years as president.
“Dick Englert has devoted nearly half a century to Temple University, and we are all better for his service,” Morgan said, calling Englert a “tireless champion” for the university.
Englert promised a smooth transition and wished Wingard well.
“My years at Temple have taught me that this university is constantly evolving, while remaining true to its mission,” said Englert. “I have every reason to believe that Dr. Wingard will find the faculty, staff, and students excited for the future and ready to move the university forward.”
Wingard, a West Chester native, will become the university’s 12th president, and will begin his tenure on July 1.
Wingard and his wife, Gingi, live with their children in Chestnut Hill.
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