Statement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Regarding Retirement Announcement of University of Maryland, College Park President Dr. Wallace Loh
Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement following news that University of Maryland President, Dr. Wallace Loh, will be retiring in June.
“Dr. Loh and I began our tenures as County Executive and University of Maryland President at basically the same time. Over the past eight years, we have forged a wonderful partnership and friendship that has benefitted both the residents of Prince George’s County as well as the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Maryland, College Park.
From supporting and fighting for the Purple Line to creating an economic development boom in College Park, Dr. Loh has done more to unite the University with the County in his eight years than his predecessors over the preceding decades. Additionally, the academic partnerships and resources that the University developed and worked on with the County has helped create unprecedented health, public safety, and educational outcomes.
Today’s decision by the University System of Maryland Regents was very disappointing. It is a shame that they appear to have put the short-term interest of building the university’s football program ahead of continuing the progress of Maryland’s flagship university.
Throughout this situation, Dr. Loh
displayed a level of candor and courage that are a testament to his character.
I applaud him accepting moral and legal responsibility for Jordan McNair’s
death. It was a sign of true leadership, guts and integrity. It is unfortunate
that instead of rewarding him for his courage, Dr. Loh was punished for doing
the right thing. Leaders like him are hard to find and the university is truly
losing a great man.
Dr. Loh’s departure is not just a loss for
the University of Maryland, it is also a loss for the greater community, Prince
George’s County and the State of Maryland. It will be hard to replace his
visionary leadership and collaborative spirit. I want to thank Dr. Loh for
his service and stewardship and I wish him the best in his remaining eight
months of his presidency. It is my hope that his successor will be equally
as committed to building a collaborative working relationship with Prince
George’s County, its residents and businesses as he was.”