Temple University Mourns the Sudden Loss of Acting President JoAnne Epps
Philadelphia, PA – The Temple University community is mourning the sudden and unexpected passing of acting president, JoAnne Epps, at the age of 72. Epps fell ill during a memorial service and was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The cause of her death has not been disclosed.
Epps, who had a long and illustrious career at Temple, held various positions including dean of the Temple Beasley School of Law and executive vice president and provost. She took on the role of acting president in April following the resignation of Jason Wingard. Epps was widely respected and admired for her leadership skills and her ability to bring people together.
In honor of Epps, the university will be holding a vigil at the Bell Tower, a symbolic gathering place for the Temple community. The vigil aims to pay tribute to Epps’ remarkable contributions to the university and serve as a space for students, faculty, and staff to grieve and remember her.
Condolences have been pouring in from all corners of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania. Governor Josh Shapiro and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney expressed their deep sadness at the loss of Epps, highlighting her remarkable impact on the university and the community. The Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP) released a statement mourning Epps’ loss and commending her significant contributions to the university.
Cherelle Parker, the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia mayor, also paid tribute to Epps, recognizing her as a trailblazer and role model for many in the city. Parker’s statement emphasized Epps’ dedication to education and her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of students.
The passing of JoAnne Epps leaves a void in the Temple University community and beyond. Her legacy as a beloved leader, mentor, and advocate will forever be remembered, and her impact will continue to inspire generations to come.