For Immediate Release
February 15, 2010
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Mote to Retire Aug. 31 as University of Maryland President
At that time, Mote, 73, will have led the university for 12 years, the fourth longest serving president in the 156-year history of the state's flagship university. After a leave of absence, Mote will continue at Maryland in his academic appointment as Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the university's A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Since his arrival in September 1998 from the University of California, Berkeley, President Mote has overseen a dramatic and continuous rise in the performance of nearly every facet of the university - increasing the challenge, rigor and engagement in undergraduate academic programs and pulling in three-fourths of the state's most qualified high school students as a result; dramatically increasing graduation rates of students of all races and ethnicities; transforming Maryland's physical environment with new classroom, research, student residence, performing arts, and alumni facilities; elevating research funding by 150 percent to more than $500 million in 2009; founding the largest university research park in the State of Maryland; and overseeing the two largest fundraising campaigns in school history. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, Mote also led the University of Maryland in becoming a center for national security and foreign language research.
"As I prepare to leave the presidency, I am even more confident than when I arrived that the University of Maryland is set in just the right circumstances to become a truly great university," said Mote in a letter to the campus. "A university becomes one of the great ones when, and only when, an 'expectation of greatness' is embedded in its culture. When an institution has this expectation, it will replicate this belief in every decision it makes - in who it hires, in what is taught, in how it is led, in what standards of achievement are expected, among others."
"The expectation of greatness can be felt like tension in the air even when walking across campus and through its hallways. This expectation is the kernel of our future. Watching it grow on our campus, across the country and around the globe has been very satisfying indeed. While there remains a distance yet to travel, the pathway forward is illuminated by our strategic plan and just awaits our unwavering determination to 'get there'."
University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan said, "Dan Mote has provided exceptional leadership to the University of Maryland, College Park. As a result, the university has emerged as one of the nation's, indeed one of the world's, premier research universities and the school of choice for the most talented graduates of Maryland's high schools and the best and brightest faculty members. The University System of Maryland and the State of Maryland owe Dan an enormous debt of gratitude for the difference he has made and the indelible mark he leaves."
Mote's leadership beyond the campus includes helping to drive economic competitiveness discussions about the critical importance of science and technology education and research to economic well-being. He co-authored the National Academy of Science report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, which called for increased U.S. research funding, investment in K-12 science and math education and enhanced opportunities for entrepreneurship. Mote is currently chairing the National Research Council committee studying global science and technology strategies and their effect on U.S. national security. He also has been a leader in the national dialogue on higher education and the need for new university funding models.
In a message today to the campus community, Mote expressed his deep gratitude to the university's students, faculty and staff.
"Serving as your president has been an extraordinary personal privilege and the most rewarding experience of my professional life," he wrote. "It has been a joy to work with so many talented students, faculty and staff. Your tenacious spirit, unwavering commitment to excellence and dedication to our university and its mission have been an inspiration to me."
At the outset of his presidency Mote assembled a dedicated team of senior administrators, reinforced the principle and practice of shared governance within the university community and founded the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. Its board of trustees provides counsel on strategic issues, engages in advocacy and leads the $1 billion Great Expectations fund raising campaign. Mote set high personal and professional standards, insisting on the pursuit of excellence in everything the campus does.
He worked relentlessly to capitalize on the university's "unfair advantages" of its location adjacent to Washington, D.C. and its flagship status to establish strong partnerships with national and international partners, increase federal funding for campus research and engage students in internships in the nation's capital. Recognizing that the future of the university and state are closely linked, he supported a variety of entrepreneurial initiatives to enhance Maryland's economic development, including establishing Maryland's first international business incubator in partnership with the state.
During Mote's presidency the University of Maryland has:
"Thanks to Dan Mote's leadership, the University of Maryland, College Park by many measures is recognized as one of the nation's leading public universities," said Clifford Kendall, chairman, University System of Maryland Board of Regents. "During Dan's tenure, the number of academic programs ranked among the nation's very best has grown significantly. And the university's ability to compete successfully for external research grants and attract private support has increased markedly. On behalf of the Board of Regents, I express deep appreciation to Dan for his contributions to moving forward our flagship institution and the entire University System of Maryland."
Speaking on behalf of the UM College Park Foundation Board of Trustees, the Honorable Joseph Gildenhorn, chair of the Board, and Alma Gildenhorn, co-chair of the Great Expectations campaign, said in a joint statement, "Over the past 12 years, Dan Mote has led the University of Maryland to achieve the excellence and stature that it enjoys today as one of the leading public research universities in the nation and throughout the world. We have enjoyed working with him during that time and greatly admire his leadership and vision. We have also been blessed to have the benefit of Patsy Mote at his side. She has fully embraced the university family, mission and aspirations. And, finally, we are very pleased that Dan will remain at the university to pursue his formidable intellectual interests as a member of our distinguished faculty."
Prior to assuming the Presidency at Maryland, Mote served on the University of California, Berkeley faculty for 31 years. From 1991 to 1998, he was Vice Chancellor at Berkeley, held an endowed chair in Mechanical Systems and was President of the UC Berkeley Foundation. He led a comprehensive capital campaign for Berkeley that raised $1.4 billion. He earlier served as chair of Berkeley's Department of Mechanical Engineering and led the department to its number one ranking in the National Research Council review of graduate program effectiveness.
Mote's research field lies in dynamic systems and biomechanics. Internationally recognized for his work on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems and the biomechanics of snow skiing, he has authored and co-authored more than 300 publications, and holds patents in the United States, Norway, Finland and Sweden. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.
He and his wife of over 45 years, Patricia Mote, have two married children, Melissa and Adam, and four grandchildren. Patsy Mote is a strong supporter of the arts, acting as a spokesperson for the university's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, member of the Maryland Commission on Public Art and chair of the Prince George's County Art in Public Places Panel.
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