Temple Administrators Issued Multiple False Press Statements to Make Dr. Porat the Public Scapegoat of Temple’s Rankings-Data Scandal
Temple Deflected Media Attention Away From The University’s Own Role In The Submission of Inaccurate Data
Moshe is known as one of the best business school deans in the globally dispersed business school community. In 2001, he received the very prestigious International Dean of the Year Award from the Academy of International Business following a vigorous competition among Deans of Business Schools in all five continents. I have some understanding of the process that culminated in the termination of the Fox School Dean. This event, as it unfolded, fits perfectly the dictionary definition of “ambush”. Simply put Moshe Porat was ambushed. It is truly regrettable that a person who was “our” very respected colleague, one who has made significant and valued improvements to the Fox School, and to Temple University, was treated so shabbily.
I have known Moshe for a long time, who I know to have the utmost integrity, which has now been unfairly impeached by the University administration. I ask you to lead the Board to correct this injustice. My course – and the book I wrote – are about the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurship and ethics. I believe Moshe is an icon of all three. However, I’m concerned that the current President and Provost have unfairly defamed Moshe’s name. I hope the Board will cure this injustice.
I am writing with grave concern for the immediate future of the Fox School, in support of Dr. Moshe Porat and to express my profound dismay at his dismissal. The absence of sufficient due process, lack of transparency and continued imbalanced and damaging media releases not only harm Dr. Porat personally, but also harm the reputation of the Fox and Hospitality schools as well as Temple University as a whole. I urge the Board to find a resolution to this appalling state of affairs. The sooner you do so, the more probable it is that those who love Temple, like me, will reengage. But should it continue, damage to the university will become irreparable in terms of students, faculty and donors. It will be understood that the university does not value people who have been loyal for a lifetime; that such leaders and institutional builders can be discarded for mere politics and false narratives.
To be honest, I felt that this was not only poorly handled but a disgrace. Firing him, ruining his reputation, ruining the school’s reputation, is unbelievably irresponsible. I am upset, I am disappointed and even more than that disgusted. I don’t know how I can be part of the Temple family after this. The Board of Trustees should do the right thing and give the Dean the honor and respect that he so well deserves.
The precipitous nature of Dean Porat’s departure has damaged not only his personal reputation, but also the institutional reputations of the Fox School and Temple University as a whole.
I was and continue to be outraged about the way in which the dismissal was handled. Moshe was a dedicated and tenured member of the Temple faculty and administration for decades. He restored the business school to honor and distinction, a distinction I wish it had when I attended. He also achieved amazing success in raising funds, not only for the business school, but for the entire University.
Temple’s actions have blemished the reputation of a fine dean who put the Business school the proverbial map, creating necessary facilities to confer an excellent education to its students. No price tag can be attached to the losses resulting from the short sighted and impetuous decision taken by the University President. It is my hope that, at a minimum, the University will apologize publicly and unconditionally.
The data falsification scandal was overdramatized, Bokhari said, but he was disappointed by how the university treated Porat, who is one of his close friends. “I think there was dramatic and drastic actions taken that were abrupt,” said Bokhari. “Any time that actions are taken without taking stakeholders into confidence, it is an intuitive reaction to pause. I have paused.”