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Updated 9/21 at 1:00 p.m.
Temple plans on naming an interim president in the next one to three days following the sudden passing of Acting President JoAnne Epps on Tuesday, Board of Trustees Chairman Mitchell Morgan told The Temple News.
Morgan and other university leaders held an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss Temple’s next steps. Most of the meeting was spent remembering Epps and sharing stories of the late president, Morgan said.
The leaders discussed putting Epps’ portrait with every other previous president and creating a resolution to take care of her husband, Jay.
At the regularly scheduled fall board meeting on Oct. 10, the Board will also remove “Acting” from Epps’ title and recognize her term as the 13th president of the university. A fund, which the specifics of will be released at a later date, will also be established in Epps’ name, Morgan wrote in a Thursday message to the Temple community.
“Her DNA was Temple Made,” Morgan told The Temple News after Wednesday’s vigil for Epps.
Epps suddenly passed away after collapsing on stage at a university event Tuesday afternoon. Temple announced its search for a new president on Sept. 7. The university hopes that there will be a permanent solution in nine months to a year, Morgan said.