Patrick O'Connor discussed with The Philadelphia Inquirer about his time as the chairman of Temple University's board of trustees. During his tenure, Temple’s more than 40,000-student body has grown, as has its research prestige. Its endowment has more than doubled, and it has embarked on ambitious building projects, including a 27-story residence hall, the Science Education Research Center, and a new library. The university twice froze tuition during his leadership in an effort to keep costs down and saw its first Rhodes scholar, as well as success on the football field.
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