PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Temple University Board Chairman
Howard Gittis announced today that David Adamany will retire as President of
the University effective June 30, 2006 - capping a remarkable six-year tenure
that has featured dramatic growth in Temple's student body and in Temple's
impact throughout the region.
Adamany, who will turn 70 this year, announced his retirement in
conjunction with Gittis' own decision this past fall to step down as Temple
Board chairman in October 2006. The tenure of the two leaders has been marked
by a period of tremendous growth for the University: a 33 percent increase in
the undergraduate student population, rising SAT test scores and, thanks to a
nationwide recruitment effort, an infusion of some of the best and brightest
new academic talent among Temple's faculty and research staff.
"It is with great sadness that we announce David Adamany's retirement as
President of the University," Board Chairman Gittis said in revealing the news
at today's meeting of the University's Board of Trustees executive committee
meeting. "While we've known from the start of David's tenure as President
that this day was coming, that knowledge does not make this announcement any
easier for any of us in the Temple family.
"David Adamany has done a terrific job as President of the University, by
every standard of measurement," Gittis said. "His tenure will long be
remembered as a time when Temple made spectacular progress - a growing student
body, great new additions to our outstanding faculty, and significant new
investment in our community as Temple continues to revitalize North
Philadelphia as well as our own campus."
Adamany will continue at Temple as the Laura Carnell Professor of Law and
Political Science, where he has taught a course on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The University will commence a nationwide search for his successor
"Howard Gittis and I agreed from the beginning that we would serve
together to chart a course for progress at Temple, and now is the time for a
new President and new Board leadership to write the next chapter in Temple's
growth as a premier institution of higher education," Adamany stated. "I have
greatly enjoyed my tenure as President, and I will always cherish the many
wonderful colleagues and friends who have adopted me as a member of the Temple
During the past six years, the University's student enrollment has
increased by 17 percent, and undergraduate enrollment is up 33 percent. This
year, more than 34,000 students are enrolled at Temple, which is the nation's
28th largest university. Student applications are up by more than one-third
since 2000, and average SAT scores for incoming students are up more than 60
points. Student financial aid has increased 30 percent, and outright
scholarships and grants have increased 60 percent to assist students from all
backgrounds to have access to a university education; and Temple has
restrained tuition growth in a period of economic difficulty.
One of Adamany's greatest achievements involved the creation of the new
general education curriculum for undergraduates, the first major revision of
the University's core curriculum in more than 20 years. Starting in 2007, the
"gen-ed" curriculum will require students to take 11 special gen-ed courses in
eight specific categories: analytical reading and writing; great thinkers;
quantitative literacy; science or technology; the arts; human behavior;
structures and conduct of society; and race and diversity in America.
"Our students have a spectacular array of opportunities for
specialization," said Gittis, "but with the gen-ed curriculum, they also will
be better-prepared and more well-rounded academically."
Temple remains among the most diverse universities in America, both in
terms of its student body and its faculty. A recent national survey ranked
Temple fifth among all universities in the number of baccalaureate degrees
awarded to African-American students. And the Princeton Review rated Temple
second in diversity among the nation's top 360 colleges and universities.
The University will continue a faculty recruitment effort that has
resulted in the hiring since 2003 of more than 150 new tenured and tenure-
track professors from among the leading universities in America, with 50 more
faculty members expected to be recruited this year.
At the same time, Temple University has become a major contributor to the
revitalization of North Philadelphia. The University is in the midst of a
five-year, $400 million facility renewal campaign that will include new
instructional, research and student services buildings, as well as major
expansions and renovations to existing facilities. Foremost among these
capital projects are the relocation of the renowned Tyler School of Art from
Philadelphia's suburbs to a new flagship facility on the Main Campus;
construction of a major addition to the Fox School of Business and Management;
and construction of a new state-of-the-art facility for Temple's School of
Medicine. Already completed are a new Community Education Center, a new
Student Activities Center, a new 700-computer TECH Center to support student
learning, and a new classroom and studio building at Temple's Ambler Campus.
At the same time, more than 8,000 Temple students live on or adjacent to its
Main Campus (nearly three times the size of the on-campus population a decade
ago), and over the past six years, the University has been responsible for
stimulating the development of nearly 1.3 million square feet of new
residential and commercial space - representing a private investment of more
than $165 million in the surrounding community.
"The last six years have seen tremendous progress for Temple University,
and we are committed to continuing on that course," said Board Chairman
Gittis. "Every member of the Temple family owes a debt of gratitude to David
Adamany, and we wish him the very best in the years to come."
Prior to his appointment as President of Temple University in August 2000,
Adamany served as president of Wayne State University in Detroit from 1982 to
1997. From 1999 to 2000, he was chief executive officer of the Detroit Public
Schools under a state reorganization of the school district. Among his
numerous academic appointments are positions as a Professor of Political
Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, California State University at
Long Beach, and the University of Maryland at College Park. During his
career, Adamany has served in several government posts as well, including
Secretary of Revenue, member of the Public Service Commission, and executive
pardon counsel in his native state of Wisconsin. He also has been a member of
the Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity in the U.S. Department of
Education and a member of the Michigan Civil Service Commission. Adamany has
been a member of corporate, foundation, health system and community boards of
Adamany holds a B.A. and J.D. degree from Harvard University, and an M.S.
and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He
has been awarded four honorary degrees.
SOURCE Temple University