Philadelphia’s Temple University inaugurates its first Black president

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A parade began Friday afternoon on Montgomery Avenue and Broad Street to honor Dr. Celebrating Jason Wingard, who made history when he was inaugurated as Temple University’s first black president.

“Unlimited access is our top priority,” said Wingard. “Make sure we raise more money so students can actually afford to go to college. Number two, once they afford it, we want to make sure the value of the deal is there.”

During the inauguration ceremony, US Senator Cory Booker spoke about Dr. Wingard’s commitment to the university and its students. Temple Alumna and Trustee Tamron Hall hosted the event.

“As we watch history being made at this very important time in the city and in the future of the state, Temple is a part of this conversation,” Hall said. “It’s surreal to me.”

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Wingard said another priority is ensuring that students and faculty engage with the North Philadelphia community. Students say they look forward to a new year with new leadership in the face of campus violence.

“I know a lot of people have been talking about safety and all that stuff and he has a plan to make the campus safer and make the students safer and I’m really excited to see what he comes up with,” Junior Chloé said Gessing

“Today I really felt like you could see a difference in the spirit of the school, everyone just seemed happy to be here on campus and get involved and I really like that and I hope that continues to grow,” said junior Zoe Tucker.

Wingard took over the job last July, but the dedication ceremony was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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