Temple University’s Board of Trustees will become more involved in university oversight because of what the board chair called an “unprecedented confluence of serious challenges,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Mitchell Morgan, the board chair, said the board formed a special committee on March 13, with the support of President Jason Wingard, to apply “more rigorous attention to urgent matters,” specifically campus safety, enrollment and “university engagement and responsiveness,” between its quarterly board meetings.
Also on Friday, Wingard, who, like Morgan, is facing a no-confidence vote by Temple’s faculty union, said that he intended to pause some of the initiatives in the strategic plan aimed at elevating Temple “to the next level of best-in-class” to focus more intently on campus safety and the enrollment decline.
“I believe that vision is still possible,” he wrote. “However, to address the pressing issues facing Temple, it is clear that we must pivot from that external agenda to an internal agenda committed to our most urgent priorities.”