State passes university appropriations

The university’s president thanks students for their effort in lobbying for funding.

On Oct. 25, the State House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 328, appropriating more than $150 million for the students of Temple University. In a vote of 180-6, legislators once again overwhelmingly reaffirmed their support for public higher education in Pennsylvania. Similar votes came for the other state-related universities: the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University and Lincoln University.

That vote was the latest in a 50-year partnership between Temple and the people of Pennsylvania. We are so grateful to Gov. Tom Wolf, who signed the legislation on Friday, and the members of the state General Assembly, both the Senate and the House, for their continued support of Temple. They know this is a partnership that works for Pennsylvania students.

I also want to thank the students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni of Temple who emailed, called and met with their legislators. Thousands of you came together to advocate for students from Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. Your efforts are inspiring.

Temple has this tremendous support because of our mission: We are committed to an education that is accessible, high quality, engaged with the community, affordable and diverse. At Temple, we know who we are, we know what we value, and we will work tirelessly on behalf of our students. We are proud to be Philadelphia’s public university.

Richard M. Englert is the president of Temple. He can be reached at

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