July 15, 2016 |
Two weeks after he was abruptly dismissed as provost of Temple University - and a day after school officials revealed that they were investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him - Hai-Lung Dai decried the allegations as "complete and utter fabrications. " "I will not rest or retreat until I have pursued every avenue available to me, including through a court of law, to restore my good name," Dai said in a statement Wednesday. On June 28, without explanation, Temple president Neil D. Theobald announced that he had removed Dai. On Tuesday, Temple's board said it intended to dismiss Theobald, blaming him for his handling of Dai's removal and a $22 million deficit in the school's financial aid budget for merit scholarships.
July 15, 2016 |
The impending dismissal of Temple University president Neil D. Theobald had its roots in a growing conflict with members of the board of trustees who faulted him for failing to consult them on key issues and mishandling others, according to people familiar with the board's decision-making. The rift began in March, when a $22 million shortfall was projected in the university's financial-aid budget for merit scholarships, several sources said. It intensified last month, they said, when Theobald removed provost Hai-Lung Dai and announced his replacement without consulting the board.
July 14, 2016
Temple University trustees unanimously approved a 2.8 percent increase in base tuition for undergraduate students at Tuesday's meeting. The board also approved eliminating upper-level tuition rates, which require upperclassmen to pay a higher rate than sophomores and freshmen. "After re-examining that policy, the board kind of pivoted and saw that as an obstacle for persistance and for kids to graduate in four years," said Ken Kaiser, Temple's chief financial officer. The board also approved an additional $250,000 to be spent studying the feasibility of a proposed football stadium on campus, bringing the total funding to $1.5 million.
July 14, 2016 |
Temple University's board of trustees on Tuesday took a unanimous vote of no confidence in president Neil D. Theobald during a private session, and announced its intention to dismiss him. The board's action, announced by spokesman Kevin Feeley, came after a regularly scheduled meeting. News of the planned ouster came less than a month after Theobald removed provost Hai-Lung Dai from his post and blamed him for a $22 million shortfall in the university's merit scholarship program.
July 9, 2016 |
EUGENE, Ore. - Marielle Hall has already made American track and field history. Now she's doubling down on her Olympic ambitions. Hall is bound for Rio de Janeiro after her third-place finish Saturday in the 10,000-meter final at the U.S. Olympic trials. The Haddonfield High and University of Texas alumna now has set her sights on the 5,000 meters. She finished in 31 minutes, 54.77 seconds behind Molly Huddle and Emily Infeld on Saturday at Hayward Field. Hall will be the first African American runner to represent the United States in the Olympic 10,000, "and that's very meaningful to me," she said.
July 6, 2016 |
Temple University early Tuesday morning elevated law school dean JoAnne A. Epps to provost, its number-two position, replacing Hai-Lung Dai, who was removed from the post last week. The appointment, subject to approval by the board of trustees, would be permanent - not interim, as universities often do so they can launch a national search. Epps, 65, who has spent 31 years at the law school, the last eight as its dean, was appointed by president Neil D. Theobald. Her title will include senior vice president and chief academic officer also, and she will oversee academics across the university's 17 schools and colleges and 12 administrative offices.
July 2, 2016
ISSUE | HAL LEAR 'A good guy' I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Hal Lear ("A great man," Monday). Not only was he an all-American basketball player at Temple University, but he was also a wonderful person and friend. "Baldie," as some of his friends called him, was my teammate on the 1951 Overbrook High School varsity baseball team and an associate at Opportunities Industrialization Center. During our last conversation, when he lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., he still remembered and talked about the old days at the "Brook.
July 2, 2016 |
Some faculty at Temple University, including members of the chemistry department, are rallying to the defense of Hai-Lung Dai, the provost who was ousted this week with no explanation. Eric Borguet, a chemistry professor, has started a Change.org petition demanding to know why Dai, also a tenured member of the chemistry department, was abruptly relieved of his administrative duties as provost. The petition asks the board of trustees to scrutinize the decision by president Neil D. Theobald.
June 30, 2016 |
Temple University on Tuesday announced the sudden departure of its provost, Hai-Lung Dai, saying he "has been relieved of his administrative responsibilities effective immediately. " The announcement came on the same day that the university acknowledged that it had exceeded its financial aid budget for its merit scholarship program for 2016-17 by $22 million and had already taken steps to balance the budget. Several sources with ties to the university said that president Neil D. Theobald was unhappy with the shortfall and that a rift had developed between him and Dai, who had been provost for four years.
June 17, 2016 |
Lewis Becker, 78, of Villanova, a law professor at Villanova University for more than four decades, died Sunday, June 12, of complications from glioblastoma brain cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been diagnosed in March, his family said. Professor Becker joined what is now Villanova's Charles Widger School of Law in 1972, rose to professor in 1976, and retired in 2011 as an emeritus professor, although he kept teaching for several more years. "Professor Becker left an indelible mark on the Law School community and the generations of students he educated and inspired," the school said in a tribute on its Facebook page.