Meet the Temple administrators

A guide to some of Temple’s biggest players and their words of advice to incoming students.

Ann Weaver Hart
@ Temple since 2006
Alma Mater: B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah

Everyone will tell you to study hard and make the most of your classes. I certainly agree. But I would add that you should take advantage of all that Temple and Philadelphia have to offer. Join a student organization, or if you don’t find one you like, start one of your own. Don’t miss a home Temple football game. Eat at a Philly restaurant that serves food from a nation you want to visit – then start planning how you will do a study abroad program there. And if you ever feel lost or overwhelmed, remember that all of us (even university presidents) have felt that way at one time or another. Do not be shy about asking a professor, an RA or a friend for help. Good luck!

Lisa Staino-Coico
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
@ Temple since 2007
Alma Mater: B.S. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences (now Weill Cornell Medical College)

I encourage you to challenge your instructors. Do not be passive learners. Introduce yourself to your teachers – let them know who you are. We all are here to support you and help you achieve your academic goals, but remember to enjoy yourselves along the way.

Anthony Wagner
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
@ Temple since 2007
Alma Mater: Pennsylvania State University

Be as careful with your personal finances as we are with the university’s. Tempting offers for credit will soon be all around you. Be cautious, and don’t allow yourself to get in over your head. One of the lessons you will soon learn is how to budget your money. It’s a valuable lesson that you will benefit from for the rest of your lives.

Peter Jones
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
@ Temple since 2004

Recognize and take full advantage of all the opportunities – academic, social, athletic and cultural – available at Temple. Every college graduate should be able to look back at their college career and feel they made the most of every opportunity university life had to offer. Depending on interests and abilities, freshmen should think about achieving their full academic potential, engaging in student life and student government, getting to know our incredible faculty (especially those who will be outstanding mentors), developing any creative and/or research interests they may have, studying abroad and, importantly, finding a healthy balance between work and recreation. Temple provides the opportunity for all freshmen to shape their future during the next four years – please make the very most of it.

William Bergman
Vice President for Operations
@ Temple since 1996
Alma Mater: Bachelor’s from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Joseph’s University

Larry Lemanski
Vice President for Research
@ Temple since 2007
Alma Mater: Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, master’s degree and a doctorate in zoology at Arizona State University

I would like to personally congratulate you on your admission to Temple University. You are embarking upon an exciting journey during an exciting time at an exciting major research university. I urge you to take advantage of the many remarkable opportunities that await you. As a part of your academic experience, you will have the option of participating in cutting edge research and scholarly/creative activities under the guidance of an outstanding Temple faculty who are world renown in their disciplines. This will serve to prepare you not only for a successful career, but also for leadership in your chosen field. As the senior vice president for research and strategic initiatives at Temple, it is my privilege to have you as our student and I look forward to working with you to help make your time at Temple, the most stimulating and rewarding educational experience possible. Again, congratulations and welcome to the Temple family.

Timothy O’Rourke
Vice President for Computer Services

I would like to welcome all new Temple students and send my regards to returning students. Best wishes for a great semester. Throughout the year, I hope you will take full advantage of the award-winning technology resources that Temple has to offer. Computer Services has been working all summer to upgrade the technology we offer to you. For example, explore and customize the resources on the brand new TUportal , sign up for the Ruckus free PC music service, take advantage of new and improved hardware and software discounts, enjoy the expanded TECH Center facilities, learn to store your files in the improved MyBackpack, and get assistance from the new online Help Desk service system. Also, we have been working very hard implementing TUsecure, a new program to help secure your personal information and protect your identity and to allow you to access Temple’s wireless network through a much simpler interface. To learn about these online services and much more, visit the Computer Services Web site at

Ainsley Carry
Dean of Students
@ Temple since 2004
Alma Mater: Bachelor’s of science in food and resource economics, master’s of science in counselor education and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida.

Welcome to Temple University. We know our students have many institutions to choose from and we are delighted they choose Temple. This is one of our most talented classes in the history of the University and we look forward to them becoming engaged students and alumni. My advice to students has been the same throughout the summer:

1. Make a commitment to going to class. Nothing can replace the time you spend in front of your professors.
2. Get to know someone from another culture. Temple is one of the most diverse institutions in America and students should take advantage of this great diversity by really getting to know someone from another culture.
3. Get involved. There are more than 200 student organizations and academic clubs on campus. Students who get involved remain enrolled and eventually graduate.

This is your University. Take advantage of your time here and have fun. Welcome to the Temple family.

Theresa Powell
Vice President for Student Affaitrs
@ Temple since 2002
Alma Mater: bachelor’s degree in sociology and education from the University of Pennsylvania, master’s in education from Texas Christian University, doctoral degree in educational administration from Ohio State University

Your undergraduate college experience only happens once. Make the most
of it.

Adelaide Ferguson
Vice President for International Affairs
@Temple since 1990
Alma Mater: bachelor’s degree from Temple, a juris doctor from the Rutgers School of Law-Camden, and a master’s degree in international human rights law from Oxford University

As a Temple student, you have a wealth of opportunities to prepare yourself to succeed in today’s global economy. Get involved. Master a foreign language. Learn about international issues. Get to know one of Temple’s more than 1,800 international students. Study abroad at one of 75 different international programs. Global competence is within your reach.

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