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When a Board Fires a President Who Fired a Provost

When Temple University’s Board of Trustees named Neil D. Theobald as its 10th president, in 2012, the announcement rang with hopes that he would usher the institution into a new, more prosperous era.

Mr. Theobald’s résumé boasted a successful run at Indiana University as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He arrived on the Philadelphia campus, in 2013, with ready plans to keep costs down by helping students graduatein four years and reshaping the university’s budget.

Three years later, the leader who was once acclaimed for his business acumen is on the chopping block.