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MM 7.1: Dr. Darryll Pines starts tenure as University of Maryland president

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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After nearly 10 years, the University of Maryland has a new president. Dr. Darryll Pines, who has been at Maryland since 1995, most recently as dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, began his tenure as the university’s new leader Wednesday.

Pines’ son, Donovan Pines, was a member of the men’s soccer team at Maryland. In 2018, he was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and won a national championship with the Terrapins. In January 2019, he opted to forgo his senior season to sign a homegrown contract with D.C. United.

Wallace Loh, who assumed the role in 2010 after working at a number of universities across the nation, retired Tuesday afternoon. He originally announced he would be stepping down in October 2018 following the investigation over football player Jordan McNair’s death. Loh later said in January 2019 that he would stay as the university’s president until the 2020 academic year came to an end to oversee ongoing projects.

“Today is my final day as president of the University of Maryland,” Loh said Tuesday in a letter. “It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve in this role for the past ten years... We will be proud Terps forever.”

In other news

Football player Dontay Demus described what makes a DMV player as the season approaches.

Former Maryland football standout William Likely III shared his four favorite plays from his days in College Park.

Coach Turgeon gave fans a taste of the team’s new guard, Aquan Smart.

Maryland women’s basketball fans saw another new face in Angel Reese.