Temple’s Former President Adamany Passes Away

adamanyFormer Temple president, David Adamany, passed away Thursday due to a a brief illness at the age of 80. Adamany was Temple’s eight president.

He served as chancellor from 2000 to 2006 and then continued to teach at Beasley’s School of Law as well as the political science department at the College of Liberal Arts.

Adamany was a devoted, hardworking educator who believed in giving students the best education possible. One of his most prominent accomplishments was introducing a new general education to undergraduates. This shed a new intellectual light for all Temple students.

Adamany helped expand student population amongst other things. Enrollment grew by 17 percent including the percentage of minorities. Temple’s student body was rated at the second most diverse by The Princeton Review.

Adamany helped build upon an exceptional faculty and research abilities. This helped raise university standards. Research studies increased by 40 percent while research awards increased over 28 percent.

Adamany’s legacy extends in all directions, but mainly in the development of Main Campus. He helped with big projects such as the Student Center and the TECH Center.

Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick J. O’Connor spoke of Adamany highly. “David Adamany pushed Temple University to be its best self,” he said. “But David never forgot his own roots and made sure Temple remained true to its mission of being affordable, accessible, diverse and high quality, all at the same time.”

Adamany will forever be missed and will always be remembered as a vital part of Temple University.

Plans for an on campus memorial service are in process and will be announced once finalized.

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