Dai Rehired to New Administrative Post

Former provost Hai-Lung Dai is suing former president for libel and slander.

Dr. Hai-Lung Dai is returning to the President’s Office, but this time as Vice President of International Affairs.

Dr. Dai, who served as Temple’s Provost from February 2013 to June 2016, was fired by former president Neil Theobald on allegations of sexual harassment. Dr. Theobald resigned in July after the Board of Trustees voted “no confidence” in his ability to continue to lead the university.

The Board of Trustees hired a third party law firm to look into the sexual harassment claims made by Theobald, but ultimately determined “that the complaint could not be substantiated.” Dai will start in his new role later this semester, a role that is new to the university.

Temple Update broke the news last semester that Dr. Dai was suing Dr. Theobald on charges of libel, slander, and misrepresentation. The case, according to the Court of Common Pleas records, is still ongoing, with a scheduled case management conference on February 3. When we last spoke with Dr. Dai, who is seeking $50,000 in damages, he would only say that he was “waiting for the truth to come out.” Theobald is still on staff at Temple’s College of Education, where he is currently on a one year sabbatical.

Temple Update has reached out to Dr. Dai about the latest developments, and is awaiting comment.

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