Richard Englert returning as Temple University president following loss of JoAnne Epps

A former Temple University president is stepping back into the role as the school weathers a sudden loss.

The university’s Board of Trustees appointed Richard Englert as Temple’s transitional president on Tuesday, saying he will carry on the work that the late President JoAnne Epps started “and provide a steady hand of leadership while the search for Temple’s next chief executive continues.”

Epps, 72, died suddenly last week after becoming ill at a memorial service for a historian. A former federal prosecutor and dean of the Beasley School of Law, Epps was said to be a “calming force” at the university. Her loss was particularly felt in the legal community.

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