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President College Park, MD

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the flagship, land-grant university of the state of Maryland and one of the nation’s most powerful engines of learning and discovery, seeks a visionary and inclusive leader to serve as its 34th President. UMD is dedicated to public service, transformative research, academic excellence, and economic innovation, and has charted an impressive trajectory to solidify its position among the finest research universities and as an essential public institution serving Maryland, the nation, and the world.

UMD is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and is designated by the Carnegie Classification as a doctoral institution of Very High Research Activity (Research One). It is responsible for more than $3 billion in annual economic impact for the state of Maryland through its distinguished faculty, talented and engaged student body, dedicated and excellent staff, generative and translational research, and deep partnerships throughout Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland, and the broader National Capital region. UMD is the only public research university inside the Washington, D.C. beltway, just nine miles from the White House. UMD’s unique location enables unparalleled access to government and policy leadership, funding agencies, and a dynamic, high-growth business environment highlighted by the region’s emergence as a technology and bio-sciences hub. The state of Maryland is supportive of higher education, and the next President will lead an institution primed for an era of vigorous growth, thoughtful coalition-building, and studied renewal of its commitments to its community and constituencies, all to build a stronger UMD now and for the future.

The University of Maryland is part of the 12-institution University System of Maryland (USM). UMD’s annual operating budget approaches $2.2 billion, and the College Park campus’s annual research expenditures stand at $550 million. UMD is home to more than 41,000 students, and nearly 4,000 full- and part-time faculty who study and serve in 12 schools and colleges. Its students are deeply engaged through innovative pedagogy and technology-enabled learning across disciplines, including a new AAU-supported First-Year Experience. UMD is a member of the Big Ten Conference and Academic Alliance and shares best practices with other major public research universities.

The President will lead with intellectual purpose and clarity, political acumen, transparency, and in close consultation with, and careful consideration for, the needs of the UMD community broadly defined. The President will support an ever-more-diverse and international student body. In order to enable UMD’s world-class faculty and staff to take the University even further, the President will expand resources to encourage research, scholarship, and professional practice. Central to the University’s vision is fostering a community that is fundamentally intertwined—socially and economically—with the growth and development of the University. The President will address these constituencies forthrightly, be a champion of the academic and scholarly mission of the University and promote its great potential to enrich the lives of the underserved—both within its community and far beyond—through pedagogy, research, economic development, and outreach. The President will be an inspirational figure, an adept communicator, equitable and fair-minded, and an exemplar of the University’s core values of service to the greater good.

John Muckle and Gale Merseth are leading this search with Vijay Saraswat.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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