Ann Weaver Hart

Ann Weaver Hart

Ann Weaver Hart (born 1948) was elected the ninth university president of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 4, 2006. The first female president of Temple, she assumed the presidency on July 1, 2006. On September 9, 2011, Weaver Hart announced that she will step down in June 2012.[1]



Hart received an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, both from the University of Utah. Her research interests include leadership succession and development, work redesign and organizational behavior in educational organizations, and academic freedom and freedom of speech in higher education.


Her publications include more than 85 articles and book chapters and five books and edited volumes. Hart has also served as editor of Educational Administration Quarterly, the top refereed research journal in her field.[citation needed]

Selected publications

  • The Principalship: A Theory of Professional Learning and Practice (1996) with Paul V. Bredeson
  • Designing and Conducting Research (1996) with Clifford J. Drew and Michael L. Hardman


Hart previously was president of the University of New Hampshire, joining UNH in July 2002 from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where she was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Hart also served as professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president at the University of Utah.

During her career, Hart has been actively involved in leadership roles in numerous professional and service organizations. She is chair-elect of the Commission on International Programs of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. While president at UNH, Hart served on the Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of New Hampshire, and the Board of Governors of New Hampshire Public Television, as well as serving as an incorporator of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.


She has been recognized for her achievements and service by many organizations, including the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the University Council for Educational Administration, and the Utah Women’s Forum, and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Humanities of the University of Utah.

Temple University

Early in Weaver Hart's first year as Temple University president Weaver Hart announced that after consultation with the Board, a vacation period between the Christmas and New Year holidays would be re-offered. It had been rescinded during the Adamany administration.[2] Weaver Hart also began a Holiday party tradition during her first year.[3]


Weaver Hart and her husband, Randy, have four daughters, two granddaughters, and four grandsons. As a grandmother, she is known to sprinkle her introductions and speeches with mention of her young grandchildren.[4]


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