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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 01/18/2011

U-Md. provost named president of Stevens Institute

By Daniel de Vise

Nariman Farvardin, provost of the University of Maryland's flagship campus in College Park, was named president of Stevens Institute of Technology today.

Farvardin, 55, is second in command and chief academic officer at College Park, a campus of 37,000 students and 3,000 full-time faculty. His new job starts July 1 at a base salary of $625,000 on a five-year contract.


Farvardin was previously dean of U-Md.'s engineering school and professor of electrical and computer engineering. His doctorate is from Rensselaer Polytechnic.

His appointment ends a nine-month search that spanned nearly 100 candidates.

At U-Md., Farvardin is credited with helping to raise external research funding to an all-time high of $545 million in fiscal 2010, a 36 percent increase in three years. He also coordinated a review of doctoral graduation rates and oversaw expansion of fund-raising, particularly in the engineering school.

"He has the vision and experience to further Stevens's position as a global leader in education, research and innovation," said Larry Babbio, chairman of the Stevens Board of Trustees, in a prepared statement.

"In Stevens, I have found a university with a remarkable history, vibrant education and research programs, a deeply rooted culture of innovation, and caring and committed constituents," Farvardin said in the statement.

Stevens, in Hoboken, N.J., is regarded as a fairly selective first-tier national university, with about 2,200 undergraduates and a 50 percent admission rate. The school has a graduate satellite center in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.

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By Daniel de Vise  | January 18, 2011; 11:31 AM ET
Categories:  Administration  | Tags:  Stevens Institute president, UMD Farvardin, UMD provost Stevens Institute, college presidents  
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Congratulations Nariman!

New Jersey's gain with Farvardin is similar to the $100 Million gift Newark got for its public schools last year. If you use true math, as stated in the above report, that is very much the case.

Maryland's loss, especially to tech sector reasearch and economic development. Gov. O'Malley said said in May 2008 he'd "create 250,000 jobs." Now he edits that phrase to "create, save or grow 250,000."

Get re-write on the phone.

Keep an ear to his acceptance speech, reporters.

Big loss - just like the death of DBED.


Next up is Darmody! Where you goin Brian?

Posted by: tcs1999 | January 18, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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