Temple University President Jason Wingard has announced that Dean Gregory Mandel will serve as Interim Provost following the decision by Provost (and former law school dean) JoAnne Epps to step away from the role, and that Associate Dean Rachel Rebouché has been appointed Interim Dean of the law school.

Mandel, who will remain a member of the faculty, expressed deep pride in the law school and confidence in its continued success. “Temple Law School has always been about growth, resilience, and opportunity,” he said. “This transition is just such an opportunity. I know that under Dean Rebouché’s steady and thoughtful leadership, the law school will continue to grow and thrive.”

“I am tremendously excited to serve our students and our community in this new role,” said Rebouché. “Temple Law School’s commitment to access and excellence in legal education is all the more pressing and vital today, and I am honored by the opportunity to carry it forward.”

Mandel also noted that the law school’s collective identity as a community of care was one of its greatest strengths, and would be of significant benefit during this transition. “At the heart of each of our pursuits, whether teaching, scholarship, or service, is a shared commitment to one another’s success. Dean Rebouché has been an extraordinary leader in this regard, as well as many others. I know that she has the support of every member of the faculty and administration, and that together they will work to deliver an outstanding Temple legal education to each of our students.”

“At the heart of our profession is an ethic of care and service,” said Rebouché. “Our commitment to this ideal begins with each student as they arrive and continues with them when they graduate and join the profession. It’s what makes us who we are, and I am deeply proud to be a part of it.”