The board of trustees of Temple University in Philadelphia has named Jason Wingard as the twelfth president of the educational institution. When he takes office on July 1, Dr. Wingard will be the first Black president in Temple’s 137-year history.
Temple University enrolls nearly 29,000 undergraduate students and slightly more than 10,000 graduate students, according to the most recent data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 13 percent of the undergraduate student body.
“At a time when the uncertainty of the global marketplace is challenging the future of learning and work, Temple will lead the progression of a career readiness agenda, built on a foundation of innovation and adaptability, to advance knowledge for relevant impact,” Dr. Wingard said. “I look forward to the work that we will undertake together, and I believe that for all this institution has achieved over the past 137 years, Temple University’s best days are yet to come.”
In 2015, Dr. Wingard was appointed dean of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University in New York City. He also held the rank of professor at the school. Previously, Dr. Wingard was the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm. Earlier, he was vice dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the executive education program. Dr. Wingard is the author of Learning to Succeed: Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change (AMACOM, 2015).
Dr. Wingard is a graduate of Stanford University. He holds master’s degrees from Emory University and Harvard University and a Ph.D. in education, culture, and society from the University of Pennsylvania.