Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. (GLPI) announced last week that JoAnne A. Epps had joined its board as an independent director.
Epps is senior advisor to the president of Temple University in Philadelphia. From 2016 to 2021, she served as Temple’s executive vice president and provost, and has been a member of the faculty at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law since 1985. Since 1994, she has been a full professor, teaching litigation basics to first-year law students and criminal procedure, evidence and trial advocacy to advanced law students.
From 2008 to 2016, she was dean of the School of Law, and from 1989 to 2008, was associate dean for Academic Affairs.
During her time at Temple, Epps has been named four times to the National Jurist’s list of the 25 most influential people in legal education.
GLPI Chairman and CEO Peter M. Carlino commented, “I am delighted to welcome JoAnne to our board as we believe her experience as a trustee of a publicly traded real estate investment trust and legal acumen will serve our company well as we continue to drive growth in shareholder value. Her expertise is a perfect complement to the existing strengths of the board and will substantially expand the diverse set of viewpoints that ultimately help shape our mission.”
Epps serves on the board of trustees at PREIT, a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages shopping malls. As a trustee, she is a member of both the nominating and governance and audit committees. In addition, she is an active member of the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, the National Bar Association, the Society of American Law Teachers and the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum.
She holds a B.A. degree from Trinity College and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. Epps brings the total number of directors at GLPI to eight, seven of whom are considered independent according to the listing standards of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.