JoAnne A. Epps, 13th President

Temple University announced the passing of Joan Epps, the 13th President of Temple University, on September 19th while she was attending a university event. She suddenly fell ill and was transported to the hospital, where she passed away at the age of 72.

President Epps had a long and distinguished career at Temple University, serving as a law school professor, dean, and provost before assuming the role of the 13th President. Her contributions to the university have been immeasurable, and her leadership has left an indelible mark on the institution. In addition to her work on the main campus, President Epps was an ardent supporter of Temple University, Japan Campus, making multiple visits to Japan and providing crucial support during the campus’s relocation to Setagaya in 2019.

A memorial ceremony for President JoAnne Epps will be held at Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia on September 29, 2023.

In the wake of this loss, Temple University Board of Trustees announced that Chancellor and former President Richard Englert has been appointed as the 14th president of Temple University to serve as interim President. President Englert, who has served in 17 different roles at Temple during more than 45 years, most recently led the university as President from 2016-21 before retiring. Englert retained the title of Chancellor after his retirement.

The Board of Trustees officially announced the search for Temple’s next permanent president on Sept. 7. Memorial Tribute: From Temple University, Japan Campus Dean Matthew Wilson