22nd annual



Wednesday, November 14

5pm – Temple University Main Campus


Honoring the 2018 Award Recipient

Edward G. Rendell

Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011); Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000)

After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the issues he was passionate about while serving, including making America a cleaner, more efficient place and fostering investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.

As Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003-2011, Rendell oversaw a budget of $28.3 billion. Rendell focused on making government more responsible and responsive, cutting wasteful spending, and improving efficiency which lead to savings of over $1 billion. His legislative agenda focused putting progress ahead of partisanship. Through strategic investments, he energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, protected the environment, expanded access to health care to all children, and made affordable prescription drugs available to older Pennsylvanians.

As Governor, Rendell worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called “Building America’s Future.” The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power. Governor Rendell currently serves as Co-Chair of the organization.

As Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the City’s budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. Philadelphia’s renaissance, which The New York Times called “the most stunning turnaround in recent urban history,” is largely attributed to his determination, inspiration, and energy.

Before serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985. Rendell also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election. He currently sits on several boards, supports multiple non-profit organizations and teaches government and politics courses at the University of Pennsylvania.

An Army veteran, he holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova Law School.


The Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership honors outstanding achievement and service by a distinguished member of the business community.

It is the highest honor Temple University’s Fox School of Business affords, and recognizes those who personify the idea of leadership as exceptional individual accomplishments that also benefit the larger community.

The inaugural award was established in honor of the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Warren V. (Pete) Musser. As founder of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. in 1953, and as its leader for nearly four decades, Mr. Musser formed numerous technology-oriented companies that helped create the Greater Philadelphia region’s strong reputation for technological innovation.

He supports and leads many community and charitable causes, including the Center for Economic Education at Temple. The Center brings business, economic and entrepreneurial education to K through 12 teachers and students throughout the region and state.

Past Recipients

Mitchell L. Morgan
Founder and Chairman, Morgan Properties
Gerard "Jerry" H. Sweeney
President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee Brandywine Realty Trust
William A. "Bill" Graham, IV
CEO of the Graham Company
Ira M. Lubert
Co-founder of Independence Capital Partners
Chairman and Co-Founder, Lubert-Adler
Lewis Katz
Philanthropist and Entrepreneur
Steven H. Korman
Founder, Korman Communities
Joan Carter
President, UM Holdings Ltd
President, The Union League of Philadelphia
J. William Mills, III
President, PNC
Daniel H. Polett
President, CEO and Dealer Principal, Lexus of Chester Springs
Immediate Past Chairman, Temple University Board of Trustees
Stephen A. Cozen
Chairman, Cozen O'Connor
Patrick J. O'Connor
Vice Chairman, Cozen O'Connor
Richard J. Fox
Chairman, The Fox Companies
Robert A. Fox
Chairman and CEO, R.A.F. Industries
Gerry Lenfest
President and CEO, The Lenfest Group
Ralph J. Roberts
Founder, Comcast Corporation
James E. Nevels
Founder and Chairman, The Swarthmore Group
Chairman, School Reform Commission of Philadelphia
Dennis Alter
Chairman and CEO, Advanta
Sidney Kimmel
Founder and Chairman, Jones Apparel Group, Inc.
Willard G. Rouse III
Former Chairman and CEO, Liberty Property Trust
William J. Avery
Chairman and CEO (retired), Crown Cork & Seal Company
Dr. Felix Zandman
Chairman and CEO, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
John C. Bogle
Founder and Former Chairman, The Vanguard Group
Warren V. (Pete) Musser
Managing Director, The Musser Group
Chairman and CO-CEO, Epitome Systems


RSVP by Friday, October 26, 2018

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Fox School of Business
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A362 Alter Hall (006-01)
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The Fox Scholarship Fund in Honor of Edward G. Rendell

Proceeds from the 2018 Musser Awards Dinner will benefit the Fox Scholarship Fund in honor of Edward G. Rendell. Scholarships for students help Fox fulfill the founding vision of Temple University: to provide students with access to top-tier education at an affordable price. Thank you for your support of Fox scholarships, which make an enduring and positive impact on the business leaders of tomorrow.

Established in 1918, the Fox School of Business at Temple University has a distinguished tradition of preparing business leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs for successful careers in business. Today, it is the largest, most-comprehensive business school in the Philadelphia region, and among the largest in the world with nearly 9,000 students, more than 200 full-time faculty, more than 150 adjunct faculty, and more than 65,000 alumni. The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) also continues to grow, recently reaching a school record with more than 1,000 students and 22 full-time faculty.


Art Specifications for Program Book Full-page advertisements only.

AD DEADLINE: Friday, October 26, 2018

SPECS: Digital art (black and white) High-Resolution 300 DPI

Macintosh Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, PDF—high-resolution only. All Adobe files should be saved to Adobe CC or below.

Files cannot be used if produced in Publisher or Microsoft Office.

SIZE: Artwork for ad must be 4.25”w x 7.25”h

SEND: Please submit all artwork to: Laurel Harrish Associate Creative Director Fox School of Business lharrish@temple.edu

QUESTIONS ABOUT ART SPECIFICATIONS: Contact Laurel Harrish at 215.204.0517


Event & Sponsorship Information

Amy Gurreri Assistant Director, Special Events & Facilities 215.204.4889 | amy.gurreri@temple.edu

Press & Media

Laurel Harrish Graphic Design / Ad Specs 215.204.0517 | lharrish@temple.edu


Valet parking is provided. Reserved parking is available at The Liacouras Center Garage, 15th Street and Montgomery Avenue.