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University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh will not retire in 2019

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 18:01:39-05

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has agreed to stay with the institution after announcing his plans for retirement in 2018.

President Loh had planned to retire following the death of UMD football player Jordan McNair and originally announced that his retirement would be the end of the academic year.

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But according to former USM Board of Regents member Senator Jim Rosapepe, the board asked Loh to stay and he agreed.

“The USM Board of Regents’ decision to ask Dr. Loh to stay and his agreement to do so is great news for Maryland — our state and our university! This news gives all of us hope that the Regents are refocused on the USM's academic and economic development mission, not distracted by the athletic program. For me and my College Park neighbors, it reassures us that Dr. Loh can continue his great work with us to make our community a top 20 college town.”

President Loh released a statement on his decision to stay with the university:

For eight years, I have been honored to serve the state’s flagship institution as the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni have propelled Maryland to new heights. The Board discussed with me having a smooth transition of leadership, and we mutually agreed upon a retirement date of June 2020. With all of Maryland’s supporters, I look forward to what we will accomplish together.

UMD officials told WMAR-2 News President Loh will remain as the school's president until June 2020.