Statement by The Hope Center of College, Community, and Justice on the Appointment of Dr. Jason Wingard as the First Black President of Temple University

Statement by The Hope Center of College, Community, and Justice on the Appointment of Dr. Jason Wingard as the First Black President of Temple University

This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab.

June 9, 2021

Temple University this week announced the historic selection of Dr. Jason Wingard as its next president and the first African American to hold the position in its 137-year history. Dr. Wingard, who is a former dean and professor at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, will become the university’s 12th president.

The news of his unanimous appointment brought excitement across the Philadelphia region, the higher education community, and at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice.

“Leadership in higher education has rarely, if ever, been so challenging. At this pivotal moment for #RealCollege™ students at Temple University, I am so pleased to welcome newly appointed President Dr. Jason Wingard to the Temple family,” said Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, president and founder of The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. “We hope his insights in both equity and in social justice allow us to partner in support of students who are in need of food and housing supports as they pursue their degrees here at Temple University.”