Three months to the day after he announced he would retire in June 2019, the Board of Regents announced that university president Wallace Loh will remain in his position until June 2020 while it searches for his successor, according to The Washington Post.
The board made the decision on Wednesday in Baltimore, days after reports started swirling that Loh would stay past his previous retirement date. It also appointed Regent Gary Attman, a businessman and University of Maryland graduate, to chair a presidential search committee.
Loh’s initial retirement announcement came on the same day the Board of Regents announced that then-football head coach DJ Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans would remain in their positions despite an over 400-page commission report that detailed a problematic culture within the university’s football program.
The backlash from Durkin’s reinstatement was tremendous, and Loh went against the board’s recommendation and fired him the next day. On Nov. 1, a letter signed by University Provost Mary Ann Rankin and numerous deans released a letter expressing their “dismay and deep concern” for the events that led to Loh’s retirement and said that his “leadership is critical for the university at this trying time.”
Loh has been leading been the president of the university since 2010, overseeing some dramatic events for Maryland athletics. Under his watch, the school has cut several sports due to budget concerns, transitioned from the ACC to the Big Ten, taken Curley Byrd’s name off the football stadium and begun construction on New Cole Field House.
It’s unclear when the presidential search committee will begin the process of identifying Loh’s replacement.