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Campus unknown named next dean of Japan campus

Bruce Stronach was named the next dean of Temple University-Japan on Jan. 10, to replace the retiring dean, Kirk R. Patterson. Stronach will officially join TUJ on Feb. 1 but will not assume the role of dean until April 1.An interim dean has not been named.Currently, Stronach, a campus outsider with an academic career that spans three decades and two continents, is transitioning from his term as president of Yokohama City University, where he has been since 2004.”I am very happy to have been selected as dean,” wrote Stronach in an email from Japan.…

Suspect in near-campus murder sought

A warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with a murder that happened on the edge of Temple’s Main Campus late last month. Philadelphia police are seeking Neil Gardner, 30, for the murder of Raheen Taylor on Nov.…

TUJ dean retires for the sea

Kirk Patterson wants to sail the world.The current dean of Temple University Japan, who announced his retirement at a campus-wide meeting on Aug. 27, is looking beyond his departure at the end of this month.It was a dream of his from a very early age, but it wasn’t until 15 years ago that he realized he might be blessed with the opportunity to make it a reality.”I’ll spend two years in Victoria preparing,” said the native Canadian over the telephone from Tokyo.…

Bill Cosby isn’t speaking to us anymore

Despite repeated attempts to ask for an interview with Temple alumnus, booster and Board of Trustees member Bill Cosby, we, the 86-year-old newspaper of the community for which he is, invariably, the most public figure, haven’t heard back.…

Pending Blue Horizon sale is only for looks

If you don’t involve yourself in Philadelphia boxing, then you’ll never find a boxer you’ve heard of fighting at the 1,200-seat Blue Horizon. The money isn’t there. Instead, you’ll find two fighters respectfully trying to beat the hell out of each other for a couple hundred bucks.…

Japan dean candidates have surprise ties to university

Matthew J. Wilson thought it was strange that Ann Weaver Hart was born and raised in Salt Lake City when he first heard nearly two years ago that she was a top candidate to become Temple University’s ninth president.Wilson, 37, the associate dean of and chief legal counsel for Temple University Japan, was finishing Asian studies and political science degrees from the University of Utah in 1995, while Hart was the dean of the school’s graduate program in education.”It made me look twice,” Wilson said.Hart was elected Temple’s first female president on May 4, 2006, and Wilson, who was in Philadelphia to interview to replace the retiring dean of the Japan Campus, is bringing the coincidence to light.…