Meet first black man to be appointed president of top US university

Meet first black man to be appointed president of top US university

- Darryll Pines has been named president of the University of Maryland

- He makes history as the university's first ever African-American to be named president of the university since it was founded 164 years ago

- Pines will begin official duties as president of the university reportedly in July

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After 164 years since the University of Maryland was established, Darryll Pines has made history as the first African-American to be appointed president of the university.

The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents named Pines president. He has worked as a staff at the university for the last 25 years and once served as dean of the School of Engineering. learnt Pines is succeeding Dr Wallace Loh, who resigned after the controversial death of one of the school’s football players, Jordan McNair.

Until this appointment, Pines has been serving as the Dean of the Clark School of Engineering, which has geared him for this new role.

The university previously had an African-American Chancellor who acted as president, but Pines will be the first official president on record for the school.

Speaking on his appointment, Pines said he was honoured to take on the leadership role at the university.

He will begin his duties as president at the University of Maryland starting this summer, July 1.

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