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U-Md. president Mote to resign

C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr. will resign as president of the University of Maryland at the end of August, according to university officials.

Mote has been president since 1998.

In a resignation letter dated Monday, Mote wrote, "I will have completed twelve years as president so it is time to turn over the leadership of this remarkable university."

He wrote, "I am leaving this presidency 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."

Mote said he will retain his faculty position in engineering and "after a one-year leave of absence beginning September 1,2010, I will return to participate in any way that is helpful to the new president and the campus. Patsy and I will move to our Annapolis home during the summer, become commuters to College Park and hope to stay connected."

A release from the university makes a case that Mote, 73, led U-Md. "into the top tier of U.S. public universities."

The university attracted 28,500 applicants in fall 2009, compared with 16,000 in 1998. The fall 2009 class was the most qualified on record, with an average grade-point average of 3.93 and a median SAT composite of 1295 out of 1600 possible points in reading and math.

Mote boosted Maryland in the rankings, too: to 18th among U.S. public universities in U.S. News and World Report and 37th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Research funding increased 150 percent under his tenure, from $205 million in 1998 to $518 million in 2009.

He oversaw an unprecedented building campaign, overseeing construction of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Bioscience Research Building, Knight Hall, Tawes Hall, Van Munching Hall, Comcast Center sports facility and the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, among others, according to the release.

Maryland won 14 national championships in intercollegiate sports under his watch, including both men's and women's basketball.

Before coming to Maryland, Mote taught for 31 years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as vice chancellor from 1991 to 1998. He was educated at Berkeley.

Mote raised Berkeley's mechanical engineering department to a number-one ranking in the National Research Council review.

The university release says Mote is "internationally recognized for his work on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems and the biomechanics of snow skiing. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 publications, and holds patents in the United States, Norway, Finland and Sweden."

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By Daniel de Vise  |  February 15, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
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Mote has been an awful president and the faculty morale at the university is at an all-time low. It is just a matter of time before an Amy Bishop rears her head at College Park.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 15, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Colm1 | February 15, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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