JoAnne A. Epps Obituary, Death – Temple University’s interim president, JoAnne A. Epps, passed away on Tuesday afternoon after collapsing during a memorial service, the school said. When Epps arrived at Temple University Hospital at approximately 3:15 p.m., he was pronounced dead. On Tuesday, the university declared. At seventy-two, she was.
Ken Kaiser, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Temple, declined to address speculation about Epps’ health prior to her collapse. Kaiser said at a press conference, “We don’t know about any health concerns with President Epps.” Within the statement, Temple board chairman Mitchell Morgan said, “There are no words that can describe the gravity and sadness of this loss.”President Epps was a devoted friend and servant who personified Temple’s best traits. She gave our university nearly 40 years of her life, so it goes without saying that her passing will have a lasting impression on the community.
Temple University’s provost, Gregory Mandel, sobbed while discussing Epps. Temple University reports that acting president JoAnne A. Epps passed away on stage. We’re all in tremendous grief and at a loss for words. As Mandel put it at the press conference, “To know Joanne is to be her friend.” “She was one of the most incredibly thoughtful and kind people I’ve ever met.”
Mandel said that the institution’s Board of Trustees will gather together tomorrow to “put together a plan for us as we work through this transition.” Following the departure of Jason Wingard, the first Black president of Temple University, in March, Epps, a former provost and dean of the law school, was named to the role. Wingard had been in charge of the 33,600 students since July 2021.