Ex-Temple president Peter Liacouras dies; transformed school

Written by The Associated Press | May 13, 2016 11:49 AM

(Philadelphia) -- Peter Liacouras, who as president helped transform Temple University from primarily a commuter school to a major public research institution, has died. He was 85.

The university said Liacouras died Thursday after a long illness.

He was Temple's seventh president from 1982 to 2000, a tenure exceeded only by the university's founder. He was also law school dean for a decade and a law professor.

As president, Liacouras spearheaded a major transformation of the school's main campus through nearly $1 billion in capital projects. The school's sports and entertainment venue _ The Liacouras Center _ is named after him.

His legacy is also reflected in the Temple ``T'' logo designed by art students during his presidency.

A memorial service will be held May 20 at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

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