The Temple University board of trustees has elected the vice chair of a major Philadelphia law firm as its next chairman.

Patrick J. O'Connor, also a former president and chief executive officer of and Cozen O'Connor, will replace Daniel Polett, who has been at the helm for almost three years. O'Connor's term overseeing the 36-member board will start July 1.

In 1971, O'Connor became the youngest trustee in Temple's history. He left in 1984 and returned in 2001 when the speaker of the Pennsylvania House appointed him. - Susan Snyder