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Darryll J. Pines


DarryllPines_05226020_JC_7202In July, Darryll J. Pines became the 34th president of the University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland and one of the most highly rated state universities in the country.

An aerospace engineer, he first joined the higher education institution in 1995 as an assistant professor. Before his appointment, Pines served as the dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering. During his tenure, the school reaped a number of academic leadership and research accomplishments which elevated its ranking and stature both nationally and internationally. Pines was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2019.

Upon becoming president, Pines challenged the university to create an inclusive and multicultural campus environment and confront the grand challenges of our time.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Excellence is expected, but miracles are preferred.

What’s been your biggest success?

Raising two wonderful children who seek to make a difference in this world.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Mr. Morris Soublet, middle school English teacher; Dr. C. Dan Mote, former president of University of Maryland; Dr. Howard G. Adams, former executive director of The National GEM Consortium; Dr. Clarence Williams, former special assistant to the president, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Andreas von Flotow, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, PhD supervisor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. William Fourney, professor of mechanical engineering, University of Maryland.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.