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Darryll Pines Named University of Maryland’s 34th President

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has named Darryll J. Pines, PhD, the 34th president of the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Pines is dean of the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering.


University System of Maryland
Office of the Chancellor
February 12, 2020
Dear Colleagues:
I’m delighted to announce that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has named Darryll J. Pines, PhD, the 34th president of the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). Dr. Pines is dean of the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering. 
Dr. Pines’ service to UMD is long and distinguished. He first arrived at the university in 1995 as an assistant professor and later served as chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, before assuming the deanship in 2009.
University of Maryland 34th President Darryll PinesHis leadership of the Clark School has been shaped by important priorities: improving teaching in fundamental undergraduate courses, thereby boosting student retention; achieving success in national and international student competitions; emphasizing sustainability engineering and service learning; promoting STEM education among high school students; and amplifying the impact of the school’s expansive research programs.
His success in these same priorities is remarkable. For instance, the Clark School’s one-year undergraduate retention rate is 91 percent; its five-year graduation rate is 75 percent—both of which rank among the top at public flagship universities nationwide. UMD’s Solar Decathlon team placed first worldwide in the 2011 competition, the Clark School’s Engineers Without Borders chapter is considered one of the best in the country, and the Engineering Sustainability Workshop launched by Dr. Pines has become a marquee campus event.
Under Dr. Pines’ leadership, the number of tenured and tenure-track women faculty in the Clark School has more than doubled, and the number of underrepresented minority faculty has grown as well. He’s attracted significant philanthropic support to the school, ending the university’s last campaign with more than $240 million raised, 30 percent over the school’s $185 million goal. In UMD’s current campaign, Fearless Ideas, the Clark School has raised nearly $504 million, eclipsing its goal of $500 million.
Dr. Pines’ work is esteemed by his academic and industry colleagues. During a three-year leave of absence from UMD, he served as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. While there, he initiated five programs related to the development of aerospace technologies, for which he was awarded the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Service Medal. In 2019, Dr. Pines was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his “inspirational leadership and contributions to engineering education.”
Of course, I’ve known Dr. Pines for a long time. I’ve known him as an outstanding teacher, a dedicated mentor, a brilliant researcher, and an extraordinary leader. It’s fitting—and gratifying—that UMD will be led by a member of its own family, by someone who knows so well its people and programs, its considerable strengths and enormous potential. I’m especially delighted that Dr. Pines and I share a passion for ensuring that any Marylander who desires a higher education has the opportunity to receive one.
I’m deeply grateful to UMD President Wallace D. Loh, PhD, JD, for his decade of exceptional service to the university, for his committed work in moving UMD into the top tier of the nation’s public research universities, and for positioning the institution for still greater success to come. President Loh and I shared years of close partnership in MPowering the State, and I know we’re both extremely proud of what that partnership has yielded in terms of education, research, and technology commercialization.
I thank the members of the search committee, led by USM Regent Gary Attman, for their hard work and long hours throughout this process, and for helping to select such a worthy candidate in Dr. Pines.  
Additional information will be available in a news release posted later this evening. Dr. Pines’ tenure as UMD president begins on July 1. I know you join me in welcoming him on this new and exciting role.
Jay A. Perman, MD

About Darryll J. Pines, PhD

Biography (pdf) and Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

News Release

USM Board of Regents Appoints Darryll J. Pines as President of University of Maryland, College Park

What People Are Saying

The past decade has been transformative for the University of Maryland. Our reputation as one of the nation's and world's preeminent public research universities has been driven by the impressive work of our students and faculty. It has been my pleasure to work with Dr. Pines over the past eight years. He has already had a tremendous impact on our ascent, and it will be my honor to partner with him to continue that trajectory.
Mary Ann Rankin, PhD
Senior Vice President and Provost 
Dean Darryll Pines is a brilliant choice to be the next president of the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is a proven leader with experience in all facets of what is required to lead this university.  He is respected by the entire campus community and I am confident that he can build upon our current high level of excellence and lead the entire University community forward to new heights of achievement.
Gregory F. Ball, PhD
Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences 
Vice-Chair, Presidential Search Committee
As Chair of the University Senate, I congratulate the Board of Regents on their outstanding choice of Dean Darryll Pines as the next President of the University of Maryland, College Park. As a seasoned and highly effective leader of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, Dean Pines brings to the Presidency a deep understanding of our strengths, our challenges, and our resilience. During his time as Dean, he has shown a strong commitment to diversity, leveraged opportunities for collaborative research, and demonstrated the impact of philanthropy on the student experience. I am excited to see where Dean Pines will take the University as we move forward into the future.  
I am also looking forward to continuing to grow the strong relationship that the Senate has built with President Loh. I have known and worked with Dean Pines over the past decade, and I am confident that he will engage with the University Senate in a positive, productive, and inclusive manner. On behalf of the Senate leadership and the University Senate as a whole, I offer Dean Pines our best wishes for a smooth transition and successful Presidency.
Dr. Pamela Lanford
Chair, University Senate



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