Theobald set to become university’s 10th president

Nearly 11 months after former president Ann Weaver Hart announced that she would not be returning to Temple this summer, the Presidential Search Committee announced in an email that it will recommend Neil Theobald, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Indiana University, to become Temple’s next president.

Patrick J. O’Connor, chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee said in an email Friday morning that Theobald will be recommended to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 7, and pending the trustees’ vote, will become president on Jan. 1.

“After reviewing…submissions and interviewing dozens of candidates, we came to the unanimous decision that Neil Theobald has the experience, vision and proven track record to lead this great university,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said that Theobald’s record as a teacher and his dedication for making education affordable and accessible, made him an ideal candidate for president.

“At Indiana, he made the tough decisions demanded by our times, while creating greater opportunities for student scholarship,” O’Connor said. “I can’t think of a better set of values to bring to the Temple presidency.”

Theobald will be on Main Campus Monday and Tuesday to meet with students and faculty and to attend the Board of Trustees meeting.

Check back with for more information on Temple’s new president.

Trustees announce tuition freeze for 2012-2013

The Board of Trustees announced today in a press release that tuition will remain at its current level for the 2012-2013 academic year. The freeze would keep tuition at $13,006 for in-state students and $22,832 for out-of-state students.

The board also announced today that they are starting a campaign to raise money through alumni and friends of the university as well as an additional $8 million in financial aid which would be made available to students.

“Rising student debt is one of the major issues facing this nation today. Temple is committed to being a national leader in the effort to offer an affordable quality education,” Patrick J. O’Connor, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said in the press release.

Check back with The Temple News for more on the tuition freeze for the upcoming year.