Vice President Unruh resigns

David Unruh, the senior vice president for institutional advancement, resigned Friday in preparation for the shift of university presidency to Neil Theobald on Jan. 1, according to  an email sent by the Executive Office of the President.

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tilghman Moyer will take over immediately for Unruh, who has been at the university for three years.

“It is not uncommon for a new president to put his own advancement team in place,” current President Richard Englert said in the email. “[Unruh] has been a terrific colleague and a great advocate for Temple and we wish him well as he pursues new opportunities.”

The university will begin the search for a new vice president in 2013.

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Englert annouces search for permanent provost

Acting President Richard Englert, on the behalf of future President Neil Theobald, announced Wednesday the start of an internal search process to find a new provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Theobald will take over the role of president beginning on Jan. 1. A search committee formed by the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Human Resources will propose a new candidate to Theobald no later than Feb. 1, according to a press release sent by Englert.

Nominees will be chosen from current tenured professors by a search committee composed of tenured and tenure track professors, deans, a university officer, Student Body President David Lopez or someone of his choosing, one graduate student nominated by the Graduate School, and a non-faculty staff member chosen by Englert.

Candidates are expected to have teaching as well as administrative experience, and experience with funded research projects, according to the press release.

Acting Provost Hai-Lung Dai has served as provost of the university since July 1, when Englert left the position to take over as acting president. The press release did not mention Dai.

Englert said the need to to fill interim dean positions as one of the main reasons for begining the search for a new permanent provost. There are currently five interim or acting deans at four colleges and University Libraries.

“The provost is one of the most important roles in the university, after that of the president. The provost provides vision and leadership for and oversight of our academic units and our core mission,” Englert said.

President announces task force to review Freeh report

In light of former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s scathing report of Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal, a task force has been set up at Temple to review the findings of the report.

The task force, chaired by JoAnne Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law, was created on July 17, and will be charged with reviewing the report and making any recommendations to modify Temple’s policies and procedures.

“I believe every university should take Judge Freeh’s report as an opportunity to review its own policies and procedures,” Acting President Richard Englert said in an email.

Nine other university administrators will join Epps as members of the task force and three others will staff it, according to the email.

The Freeh report alleged that Penn State officials failed to act to protect the children that Sandusky abused. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,” Freeh said in a press release.

The members of the task force will provide a final report on their findings by September 15. University officials declined to comment on the task force past the press release.

Englert appointed acting president

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to name Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Englert the acting president of the university, said Assistant Vice President of University Communications Ray Betzner. Englert will begin his new role on July 1.

“Dr. Englert will serve as Acting President of Temple University until the Presidential Search Committee compeltes its work and recommends to the Board of Trustees an individual to become the next president of the University,” Patrick J. O’Connor, chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, said in an email.

Englert’s contract was recently extended until the end of the year in order to ease the transition to a new president.

President Ann Weaver Hart will serve her last day at Temple on June 30, before assuming the role as president of the University of Arizona on July 1.

Check back with The Temple News for more on Richard Englert’s new role as acting president.

Terry Halbert, director of GenEd, taking leave

Approximately six months ago, former Director of General Education and Fox School of Business Professor Terry Halbert approached  her bosses, former Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico and then-Deputy Provost and Dean of University College Richard Englert, about some much needed time off.

Halbert has been working on the growing two-year-old GenEd curriculum for the past five years in her position as GenEd director. The university granted her an administrative one-year leave, allowing Halbert a break and time to return to her scholarly work of researching and writing. A replacement for Halbert will be announced at the end of next week, Englert said. The replacement is an internal university hire whom both Halbert and Englert praised.

“It was such a daunting task to totally remake our Core Curriculum, and Terry just did an outstanding job in planning for the implementation and in the implementation,” said Englert, who is now serving as the interim senior vice president and provost while the university conducts a search for permanent replacement for Staiano-Coico. Staiano-Coico is now the president of the City University of New York.

“I’m very grateful to Temple for giving me the chance to do something important, but also the chance to take a time out,” Halbert said, adding that she is looking forward to recharging and then channeling her energy into other research during her time off.

Look for a more extensive profile of Halbert and the future of the GenEd program on The Temple News website this Monday.