The top Terp is stepping down at College Park.
University of Maryland President C.D. Mote Jr. informing the UMd. community Monday that he is resigning, effective Aug. 31. Mote, 73, is the university's fourth-longest serving president.
He has led the university since 1998. In a letter to the university, he said that serving as president has “been an extraordinary personal privilege and the most rewarding experience” of his professional life.
“As I prepare to leave the presidency, I am even more confident than when I arrived that the University of Maryland is set in just the right circumstances to become a truly great university," he wrote. "A university becomes one of the great ones when, and only when, an ‘expectation of greatness’ is embedded in its culture. When an institution has this expectation, it will replicate this belief in every decision it makes - in who it hires, in what is taught, in how it is led, in what standards of achievement are expected, among others. The expectation of greatness can be felt like tension in the air even when walking across campus and through its hallways. This expectation is the kernel of our future. Watching it grow on our campus, across the country and around the globe has been very satisfying indeed. While there remains a distance yet to travel, the pathway forward is illuminated by our strategic plan and just awaits our unwavering determination to ‘get there.’ This is an exhilarating time for all of us.”
According to Mote’s letter, he plans to take a one-year leave of absence after his retirement and then return to the university to continue in his academic appointment in engineering.
Mote is credited with boosting graduation rates, expanding campus facilities and increasing research funding, among other things. Officials say he also oversaw the two largest fundraising campaigns in the school's history.