• Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute

Professional certifications

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Certified Project Management Professional

Memberships and citations

  • Fellow, Society of American Military Engineers
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, Industry Leader Council, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC)
  • Member, Army Engineer Association
  • Member, National Academy of Construction


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Major General (Ret) Merdith W. B. “Bo” Temple, PE, PMP

Formerly Acting Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bo Temple has more than 20 years of senior level experience managing multi-billion dollar infrastructure programs and a keen understanding of federal contracting, engineering, military operations and environmental permitting procedures.

From 2012 to 2013, Bo served as Acting Chief of Engineers and Acting Commanding General of the US Army Corps of Engineers.  He was responsible for a global multi-billion dollar military and civil works construction program.  Prior to this, he was Deputy Commanding General for the Corps of Engineers and Deputy Commanding General for both Civil & Emergency Operations and for Military & International Operations

During these years of service, Bo had key roles in helping the Army meet numerous national level infrastructure challenges.  As the Army’s military construction program manager 2005-2008, Bo was faced with the largest military infrastructure recapitalization in Army history.  He managed a multi-billion dollar infrastructure program, improving time-to-completion by 30% while reducing costs by 15%.

As part of this effort, he also expanded the Corps of Engineers’ industry partnership programs in ways that allowed the Army to leverage commercial standards and construction techniques for use in building facilities worldwide.

During his time as the manager of the Civil Works program he had oversight over the $14B post-Hurricane Katrina construction program in New Orleans, LA and vicinity as well as the Civil Works $4.2B American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program.

While the Corps of Engineers Deputy Commander (2009-2011), Bo oversaw the Corps HQ staff and a financial management system that was the only Defense Department agency to receive a clean Chief Financial Officer audit for his last three years.  Bo also coordinated the organization’s response to the 2011 flood and tornado disasters.        

As Corps Commander, Bo showed leadership in developing a strong Quality Management System whose use across the enterprise has resulted in more consistent delivery of Corps products and services, leading toward ISO9000 certification.

Other Experience

  • Commander of the North Atlantic Division, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Theater Engineer in Iraq;
  • Chief Operations Officer (G3), XVIII Airborne Corps
  • Commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC