Students were treated Thursday evening to an open conversation with Temple University Provost, JoAnne A. Epps.
Held at the School of Media and Communication, the event was organized by the Temple University Black Public Relations Society. Professor and TUBPRS faculty advisor, David Brown moderated the conversation which centered around Epps’ journey and student questions
Provost Epps was introduced by School of Media and Communication Dean, David Boardman, who credits Epps as one of the reasons he is now at Temple. “Provost Epps was one the of the main reasons I made the decision to come to Temple” Boardman stated.
Epps spoke about her journey to her current position and the unique bond she has with the University. “I have such strong connection to Temple because it was right here where I held my first job when I was sixteen.”
Epps was born and raised in Philadelphia and received her first summer job at the Paley Library when she was 16. “It was such a wonderful experience to meet and talk to new people every day—I was sad when the summer ended” Epps exclaimed.
Prior to being appointed as the university provost in July, Epps was a pristine educator of law at Temple for over thirty years and was named Dean of the Beasley School of Law in 2008, a position she held until her appointment to provost.
Provost Epps states that her role as provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the university. Epps explains that she views her role differently than most provosts. “Most provosts use the position to rise to the university president position, I, however, do not see myself rising to that position, so I can really focus on serving the students and making sure they receive the absolute best education.”
Students questioned Epps on topics ranging from advice for success in college, the University’s future, and her vision for Temple.
“My dream for Temple is that the school would be internationally recognized for the work that the students do.”
Epps also explained that with the world progressing at such a fast pace, Temple stays on the forefront of progression by providing student with immersive learning. “Being in Philadelphia, we provide students with so many hands on opportunities and I encourage each student to experiment and get involved with an organization that provides hands-on, real-world experience.”