- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 16, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — University of Maryland President C.D. Mote Jr. is stepping down from his post after 12 years.

In a letter to the campus on Monday, Mote announced that he will retire as president on Aug. 31. The 73-year-old is the university’s fourth-longest serving president.

The university says he will take a leave of absence and then return to his academic position as an engineering professor.

Mote is credited with boosting graduation rates, expanding campus facilities and increasing research funding, among other things. Officials say he also oversaw the two largest fundraising campaigns in the school’s history.

Before coming to Maryland, Mote had been a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley for 31 years.

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