Temple University Considers Potential Merger to Save University of the Arts

Temple University is exploring the possibility of a merger with the University of the Arts in an effort to rescue the historic institution, according to Mitchell L. Morgan, Temple’s board chair and founder of Morgan Properties.

Morgan stated, “I’m working with their chair to see if we can put this genie back in the bottle. Can we somehow figure out some type of potential merger? If it’s a win-win, we are interested.” Discussions have also taken place with Gov. Josh Shapiro’s office and Mayor Cherelle L. Parker’s office to determine how to assist UArts, which recently announced its impending closure.

Temple President Richard M. Englert and Provost Gregory N. Mandel are engaged in conversations with UArts officials, including a recent discussion with UArts board chair, Judson Aaron. UArts President Kerry Walk has resigned amidst the uncertainty.

Manuel Bonder, a spokesperson for Gov. Shapiro, confirmed the ongoing talks and emphasized the importance of safeguarding the education of UArts students. Temple University’s various schools, such as the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Boyer College of Music and Dance, and School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, align well with UArts’ curriculum.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education revoked UArts’ accreditation following the school’s announcement of closure. Temple has pledged to support UArts students in transitioning smoothly to other institutions.

Jeffrey Doshna, president of the Temple Association of University Professors, expressed the need for all stakeholders to be involved in the merger discussions to ensure the well-being of students, faculty, and staff at both institutions.

The situation continues to evolve, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.