Temple board announces intention to dismiss president

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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 7:30 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University's board of trustees has taken a vote of no confidence in President Neil Theobald and announced its intention to dismiss him.

The decision was announced to reporters after the board's regular Tuesday meeting, board spokesman Kevin Feeley said. The vote was unanimous among the 34 of 36 trustees present, he said.

The action comes less than a month after the removal of provost Hai-Lung Dai amid a $22 million financial aid shortfall, and Feeley said the decision was largely based on Theobald's handling of Dai's removal and the deficit.

Feeley told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the financial problem was known a year ago when the deficit was $9 million, but Theobald allowed it to grow rather than correct it.

Feeley said the trustees will vote July 21 on dismissing Theobald, who has led the university for 3½ years, and planned to appoint as acting president chancellor Richard Englert, a former provost who has served as acting president before.

The board earlier Tuesday named Temple law school dean JoAnne Epps as provost, he said.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com