Patrick J. O'Connor, vice-chair and former president and chief executive of the Cozen O'Connor law firm, has been elected chairman of Temple University's board of trustees, the Center City law firm said today.

O'Connor replaces Daniel Polett, who has served as chair since September 2006.

O'Connor's term begins July 1. He previously served on the Temple board from 1971 until 1984.    - Inquirer Staff