Former Temple Provost Fires Back Over Allegations of Mismanagement, Harassment

Provost Hai-Lung Dai

Courtesy Douglas A. Lockard

A day after Temple University’s Board of Trustees announced its intention to fire President Neil Theobald, former provost Hai-Lung Dai, who was abruptly removed from his position by Theobald late last month, said publicly that his removal was unjust.

In two statements released by his lawyer, Dai said that he wasn’t aware until March that the university had run up a $22 million deficit on its financial-aid budget, and that accusations that he had retaliated against a subordinate, characterized as “sexual harassment allegations” in a statement by the Board of Trustees, were “complete and utter fabrications.” Dai acknowledged an internal investigation into a complaint against him by a subordinate who he had disciplined, but said the accusation was of retaliation and not sexual harassment.  Read more »

Temple Nominates Law Dean JoAnne Epps to Become Provost

JoAnne A. Epps was nominated as Temple University's provost.

Courtesy Temple University

Temple University has nominated JoAnne A. Epps, the dean of the Beasley School of Law, as its new provost and executive vice president, the university announced today.

Epps, a native of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, has served as dean of the law school since 2008 and has been a faculty member at Temple for more than 30 years.

“JoAnne’s impeccable record in teaching, student success, diversity and social justice, coupled with her longstanding commitment to Temple and the City of Philadelphia, makes her ideally suited for this important leadership role,” university president Neil Theobald said in a statement.

Theobald also announced that Gregory N. Mandel, the university’s associate dean of research, has been appointed the interim dean of the Beasley School of Law while the school seeks a permanent replacement. Read more »

Temple’s Provost Removed Amid Aid Funding Shortfall

Provost Hai-Lung Dai

Courtesy Douglas A. Lockard

Temple University’s provost Hai-Lung Dai was removed Tuesday amid a $22 million shortfall in financial aid, the Inquirer reports.

Dai has been “relieved of his administrative responsibilities, effective immediately,” Temple President Neil Theobald wrote in a statement, according to the Inquirer. Dai will remain a member of Temple’s faculty.

The university also announced Tuesday that it faces a $22 million deficit in its financial aid budget for 2016-17. An over-allocation of financial aid was due to an increase in students who qualified for the university’s merit scholarship program, the university said.

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‘Shark Tank’ to Host Two Casting Calls in Philly This Weekend

Shark Tank on ABC

Entrepreneurial students at Temple University might find themselves on national TV in a few months pitching their best business ideas. The hit ABC show Shark Tank will host a casting session at Temple this Saturday, June 11th. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., students, alumni, faculty and staff will be able to pitch their business ideas to the show’s casting team in hopes of winning a future spot in front of the “sharks.”  Read more »

New Temple Library To Get Huge Green Roof

The green roof atop Temple's new library will combine functionality with beauty. Rendering | Snøhetta

The green roof atop Temple’s new library will combine functionality with beauty. Rendering | Snøhetta

Thanks to a low-interest loan from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the new Temple University Library will have an eco-friendly place for browsers through its one floor of open book stacks to relax and read.

The university announced yesterday (May 3) that it has received $6.7 million in financing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) that will allow it to install a green roof, permeable paving, rainwater harvesting cisterns and stormwater piping on top of the library. This infrastructure will keep water from flowing into North Philadelphia’s already overburdened sewer system when rain or storms pass through the area. Read more »

Temple Tosses Ceremonial Dirt to Formally Launch New Library Construction

Temple University's new main library as it will appear from a new campus green to be built across 13th Street from it. All renderings | Snøhetta

Temple University’s new main library as it will appear from a new campus green to be built across 13th Street from it. All renderings | Snøhetta

As the huge hole taking up almost an entire half city block in the center of the Temple University campus attested, ground had long since been broken for the construction of the university’s new main library. But even though this afternoon’s formal groundbreaking was strictly for the benefit of the assembled dignitaries, onlookers and media, it was nonetheless fraught with significance, for as all who spoke at the event noted, Temple’s new library is a groundbreaking project in just about every way. Read more »

Temple Names Architect for Proposed Football Stadium

Curtis J. Moody

Curtis J. Moody, founder of Moody Nolan (photo via Temple University)

Temple University has hired the architecture firm of Moody Nolan to design the proposed on-campus football stadium, as well as new retail that would be constructed alongside it.

“Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist,” Temple President Neil D. Theobald said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.” Read more »

Insomnia Cookies Adding Storefronts to Drexel and Temple’s Campuses

insomnia cookies 940Insomnia Cookies has been feeding college students cookies and even cold milk since 2003. Starting out as a food truck, they now have locations in almost two-dozen states and two storefronts in Center City Philadelphia. Now they’re adding brick-and-mortar locations where a couple of the original food trucks were located. This spring, Drexel and Temple Universities will be getting their own storefronts that will be able to offer Insomina’s full menu including ice cream, brownies, Cookie Cakes and Bigwiches.

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Honeygrow Coming to Temple’s Campus

Morgan Hall at Broad and Cecil B. Moore |

Morgan Hall will house a Honeygrow at Broad & Cecil B. Moore |

Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg, a alumnus of Temple’s Fox School of Business is bringing a Honeygrow to the southeast corner of Broad and Cecil B. Moore on Temple’s campus. The store will be located at the base of Morgan Hall, a residence hall and will have 50 seats.

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