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Temple University pays tribute to President JoAnne A. Epps

The entire Temple community is mourning the sudden loss of JoAnne A. Epps, the university's 13th president.
The entire Temple community is mourning the sudden loss of JoAnne A. Epps, the university's 13th president.

The sudden passing of JoAnne A. Epps this week brought shock and sadness to the Temple University community, which she served in various capacities for almost 40 years — most recently as acting president, a role that she accepted in April.

Yesterday it was announced that at their scheduled meeting on Oct. 10, the university's board will formally recognize Epps as the 13th president of Temple University, removing "acting" from her title. Temple has also created a memorial page on its official website, with more about her life of service and her commitment to the university.

During a vigil for President Epps at the Bell Tower on Wednesday, Richard M. Englert, a former President and current Chancellor at Temple, remembered his longtime colleague as "a great leader, a great friend, a great human being." He added: "All of us were drawn to her because of her warmth, and because she truly cared for people and their well being." Watch video of the full ceremony here.

WRTI joins the Temple University community in celebrating the life and legacy of President Epps, and sending condolences and comfort to her family.

Temple University and the family of President Epps will hold a Celebration of Life on Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m., at The Liacouras Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the JoAnne A. Epps Memorial Funds.