COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland announced Wednesday that is has appointed its new president.
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents appointed Dr. Darryll J. Pines as the university's 34th president. Pines' appointment is effective on July 1, 2020.
Pines has spent 25 years on the College Park campus and is dean of the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. In addition, Pines has served as both dean and the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School since January 2009.
He first arrived to the University of Maryland in 1995 as an assistant professor and later served as chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering from 2006 to 2009.
As dean of the School of Engineering, Pines has led the development of the Clark School’s 2020 Strategic Plan and achieved notable successes, such as improving teaching in fundamental undergraduate courses and raising student retention, placing new emphasis on sustainability engineering and service-learning, promoting STEM education among high school students, and expanding philanthropic contributions to the school.
“The Board is delighted to welcome as president of our flagship institution a leader of the caliber of Dr. Pines,” Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden said in a statement. “I know I speak for the entire board when I say we’ve found precisely the right person for this important job—College Park will indeed be in good hands.”
Pines will succeed President Dr. Wallace Loh who has led the university since 2010
“It is an honor to take on the leadership role at the University of Maryland, College Park—clearly one of our nation’s finest Research I universities—and one that I know and love so well,” Pines said. "I’m excited by this new challenge and can’t wait to listen, learn, and lead this incredible university.”