Temple dean is named interim provost

Posted: June 29, 2012

The dean of Temple University's College of Science and Technology was named interim provost of the university effective Sunday during Temple's board of trustees meeting Thursday.

Hai-Lung Dai, a graduate of National Taiwan University and the University of California, Berkeley, joined Temple's staff in 2007. In addition to serving as dean, Dai is a Laura H. Carnell professor of chemistry and the senior vice provost for international affairs.

Dai will replace Richard Englert, who is leaving the position to serve as Temple's acting president, also effective Sunday. Englert is replacing Ann Weaver Hart, who will become the president of the University of Arizona.

Dai said he was first contacted regarding the interim provost position this month. He said he hoped to help lead Temple through a challenging time given the growing student body, now at nearly 40,000, concerns over student debt, and problems facing higher education nationally, such as students being unprepared academically following high school graduation. - Dara McBride

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