Darryll J. Pines

Darryll J. Pines was selected last week as the next president of University of Maryland.

The dean of the engineering school at the University of Maryland has been named the school’s next president, officials announced Wednesday.

A news release from the University System of Maryland said its Board of Regents appointed Darryll J. Pines, Ph.D., as the 34th president at the College Park school.

His appointment is effective July 1, officials said.

“I’m excited by this new challenge and can’t wait to listen, learn, and lead this incredible university,” Pines said in a news release.

Pines joined the school’s faculty in 1995, when he was as an assistant professor.

He later served as chair of the department of aerospace engineering from 2006 to 2009. He has served as both dean and the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School since January 2009.

“The Board is delighted to welcome as president of our flagship institution a leader of the caliber of Dr. Pines,” Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden said in the news release. “The University of Maryland, College Park is a world-class institution, and Dr. Pines brings to the position a wealth of experience.”

“He is an outstanding choice. ... While there was previously an African American Chancellor of the University, which served the same functional role as President, I am proud to see him make history as the first African American President of the University,” House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) said in a press release Wednesday.

“I am confident Dean Pines’ decade of service to the University of Maryland makes him the best fit for this position, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years to support students and ensure the University of Maryland remains a top university in our nation,” Hoyer said in the press release.

Pines will succeed Wallace Loh, who had led UMD since 2010 and announced plans to retire in June.

Loh said Pines will be “a great president ... as he leads the flagship university forward.”

Loh had planned to step down at the end of the last school year in the wake of a crisis stemming from the 2018 death of a football player due to heatstroke.