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Temple University President Richard M. Englert announced his resignation on Tuesday, citing rising crime near the university's campus as one of the reasons for his departure.
The announcement comes as the university has seen an uptick in crime in the area around its Main Campus in North Philadelphia. In the last three months, there have been four reported robberies and one attempted carjacking within a two-block radius of the university.
Englert has been president of Temple since 2013, and his resignation was effective immediately. In a statement, he said that he was stepping down to focus on his health and family.
“I feel that the time is right for me to step away from leadership, and I am confident that the university will continue to thrive under the guidance of its new leadership,” he said.
Englert has been praised for his dedication to the school and its students, but his decision to step away comes amid growing concerns about the safety of the university’s students and campus. In recent weeks, students have held protests demanding more action from the university to address the rising crime.
The university has been working to address security issues in the area, including hiring more campus security officers and increasing surveillance in areas near the campus. However, many students feel that the university should be doing more to protect them.
Englert’s resignation comes as the university searches for a new president and as the school grapples with how to address the growing crime problem near its campus. Temple’s Board of Trustees will begin the search for a new president and hopes to name a replacement by the end of the year.