Fox School of Business Celebrates One Hundred Years

Temple University’s Fox School of Business kicked off its upcoming centennial year with an April 2016 event that featured an address by Dean Moshe Porat.

Among the other speakers who addressed students and faculty were Dennis Alter, after whom Fox’s landmark academic building is named, and Larry Magid, Fox School alumnus and co-creator of Electric Factory Concerts.

Dennis Alter graduated from Temple in 1966 with an education degree.  In addition to being the benefactor of Alter Hall, he has also donated an extensive collection of paintings — on display in the building.

A prominent figure in the Philadelphia arts community, Alter serves as an elected trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is also a significant donor to the city’s Opera Company and the Barnes Museum.

Larry Magid, a luminary of Philly’s music industry, got his start by selling tickets for two dollars to rock concerts at the University’s Mitten Hall during the late 60’s.

The winner of two Tony awards and promoter of over 16,000 concerts, Magid is also a pioneer of the music festival phenomenon. He promoted the Live Aid festival in 1985 as well as the 2005 version, Live 8, and has also brought the city’s first performances of such luminaries as the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones.

Addressing the students and professors in attendance, Dean Porat said:

 “There are not too many opportunities in one’s lifetime to celebrate a 100th anniversary of anything, and you are the reason we have so much to celebrate. I want you to share in this experience, which is a major historical event for our school.”


About the Author

Maggie Boccella

Maggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city's annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.

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