Jason Wingard Becomes The First Black President Of Temple University

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: The Temple Owls logo on a pair of shorts against the Villanova Wildcats at the Liacouras Center on December 13, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Temple University President Richard M. Englert has announced that he will step down from his position on July 1. Described as a "tireless champion" of the institution, Englert has served in 17 different champions over the course of 45 years.

“Dick Englert has devoted nearly half a century to Temple University, and we are all better for his service,” Temple University Board of Trustees Chair Mitchell L. Morgan said.

In Englert's place, Jason Wingard will serve as the 12th Temple University President. Prior to taking this position, Wingard worked as a dean and professor of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University.

“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," Englert added.

Wingard is not only the 12th Temple University, but he is also the first Black president in the school's 137-year history. As Temple's first Black president, Wingard is "excited" to lead the university into a new era.

“This is a great time. We have proceeded to a time in our country’s history and this school’s history when I can stand before you as a qualified African American male to lead this institution and I’m excited about it," Wingard said.

“While it is a historic appointment, his outstanding leadership skills and expertise are the most compelling. His knowledge of organizational strategies, leadership development and the future of work will help guide our graduates as they compete in the working world to succeed in their working careers," Morgan added.

Wingard will officially take over for Englert just days before Independence Day Weekend.

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