Originally posted 8/3/12. Updated 8/7/12
Indiana University says it congratulates Neil Theobald on his official appointment as the next president of Temple University in Philadelphia. The senior vice president and chief financial officer at IU will officially begin the position January 1, 2013.
“Indiana University and the state of Indiana owe Neil a great debt for his outstanding service over the past two decades,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in a statement released Tuesday. “Personally, I will miss Neil’s wise counsel and his friendship, and I have no doubt that Neil will make a superb college president.”
WFIU/WTIU reported Friday that Theobald was leaving for Temple University, but the search committee officially made announcement Tuesday at a Board of Trustees meeting.
Theobald has served at IU in various academic and administrative roles since 1993. In his current position, he oversees the University’s $3.1 billion budget, supervises the human resources for all faculty and staff, and manages the student union and student housing system.
In a letter to Temple University faculty and staff, the head of the presidential search committee Patrick J. O’Connor wrote, “Theobald has the experience, vision and proven track record to lead this great university.” O’ Connor says the University received hundreds of applications from across the country, but the committee unanimously supported Theobald.
Theobald is scheduled to be on Temple’s campus this week to meet with faculty, students and staff.