Board hosts last meeting of academic year at Ambler Campus

President Richard Englert noted the trustees’ decision to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree and the suspension of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity on Main Campus.

AMBLER, Pa. — Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting was the last time the trustees will meet during the 2018-19 academic year, which President Richard Englert said was a time of challenges and successes for Temple.

Englert began his report to the Board with some of the “most significant challenges” the university has faced this academic year.

Without mentioning Bill Cosby by name, Englert discussed the Board Honorary Degree Commission’s decision to rescind the former trustee’s honorary degree a day after he was convicted last week of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand.

He also mentioned university’s decision to suspend Temple’s chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity amid a sexual assault investigation from Temple and Philadelphia police announced last month.  

He said these were the university’s more recent actions taken, in the face of sexual misconduct.”

But throughout the year, the university has dealt with “spirited debate” about the proposed on-campus stadium. Outside Sullivan Hall, where these meeting are typically held, the Stadium Stompers and other community organizations on Tuesday.  

Faculty Senate President Michael Sachs gave his final report to the Board and reiterated the senate’s opposition to the proposed on-campus stadium and commenced the Board for revoking Cosby’s honorary degree.

The newly inducted Student Body President Gadi Zimmerman read the closing remarks of Tyrell Mann-Barnes, the former Student Body President, which outlined the former Temple Student Government administration work through this academic year.

The Board approved the state-appointed trustee Ryan Charles to replace former trustee Sam Smith, along with various renovations projects on or around Main Campus. Charles is a partner and chairman at United Financial Group Asset Management, an independent investment bank in Moscow, Russia that he founded.

In public session on Monday, the facilities sub-committee recommended the Board approve a renovation project costing more than $6.6 million for the Bell Garage on 11th Street near Montgomery Avenue.

The approved the renovation costs on Tuesday.

According to the project’s documents, the four-story, 84,000-square foot garage is in “dire need’ of structural, system and cosmetic improvements. The space is currently used by the Grounds Department.  

The Board also approved changes to various curriculum across schools and several research and scholarship funds.  


College of Liberal Arts
  • Restructure the Doctor of Phlosophy in Psychology
  • Rename B.A. in German to B.A. in German Language and Cultural Studies
  • Rename minor in German to minor in German Language and Cultural Studies
  • Create B.A.and minor in Interdisciplinary German Studies
College of Public Health
  • Rename the Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences as the Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Rename and restructure the Master of Science in Recreation Therapy as the Master of Science in Recreational Therapy
  • Rename the Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation as the bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy
  • Terminate the minor in Social Work
College of Science and Technology
  • Create Master of Arts in Biology
  • Establish a Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Terminate Master of Arts in Chemistry
Fox School of Business
  • Create Doctor of Science in Global Finance
  • Create Master of Science in Global Finance
  • Establish concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management for the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
  • Rename minor in Statistics as the minor in Statistics and Data Science
Klein College of Media and Communication
  • Remove track in emergent media in the Media Studies and Production major
Tyler School of Art
  • Establish a master of science in Architecture with concentrations in Advanced Technologies and Design, Health and Design and Urban Ecologies and Design
  • Establish a Master of Science in Facilities planning with concentration in Health Facilities


  • Fischer-Shain Endowed Research Fund
  • Brook J. Lenfest Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Maguire Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • $2 million endowed Stanley and Franny Wang Chair in the Fox School of Business

The Board’s next meeting will be on July 10 at Sullivan Hall on Main Campus

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