Glena Temple


Dominican University

Glena Temple, Ph.D., serves as the eleventh President of Dominican University, since August 2021. Dr. Temple previously served as the President of Viterbo University, and is a veteran of higher education leadership as well as a scholar in botany and plant sciences. In 2022, Temple was selected for the prestigious Daniel Burnham Fellowship from Leadership Greater Chicago, the region’s premier civic leadership development incubator selecting only 25 C-suite senior executives each year. She currently serves on the Archdiocese of Chicago School Board, the Communityworks Advisory Board of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, and the Associated Colleges of Illinois. Temple has also held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin Colleges, Victor Valley College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Minnesota. Her published writing includes peer-reviewed scholarship on topics ranging from bioinformatics education and strengthening undergraduate research to biotechnology and plant biology. Temple also served as the founding dean of online and distance education for the University of Wisconsin Colleges in 2014-2015, where she helped achieve significant growth in total enrollment and offerings. Temple earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in Botany and Plant Sciences from the University of California–Riverside. Temple has also completed a number of leadership programs, including the institute for Educational Management at Harvard.