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February 15, 2010

Dear University of Maryland Family:

I am writing to inform you that I have submitted my resignation as President of the University of Maryland, College Park, effective August 31, 2010. I will have completed twelve years as president at the end of the summer, a good time to turn over the leadership of this remarkable university.

Serving as your president has been an extraordinary personal privilege and the most rewarding experience of my professional life. 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.

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. 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." This is an exhilarating time for all of us.

In looking back at my years at Maryland, I treasure the opportunities I have had to work together with all of you to build a stronger, more vibrant and valued institution. Our collaborations have been remarkably successful. Together, we have recruited and graduated the best and brightest students, attracted truly outstanding faculty, launched exciting new academic programs, nurtured a diverse and inclusive community, and transformed our physical campus with new buildings, beautiful grounds, and a thriving research park and international incubator. Leveraging the strengths of our "unfair advantages," we have multiplied our research dollars, dramatically improved our fundraising, and established strong relationships with State, national and international partners. Our innovation and entrepreneurship have contributed substantially to Maryland's economic development. And in good times and bad, our team has remained together, sharing sacrifices while pulling together to pursue our strategic goals. You have just reason to be proud of our achievements.

Although I will be retiring as president, my wife Patsy and I will not leave the University. I will continue in my academic appointment in engineering, and after a one-year leave of absence beginning September 1, 2010, I look forward to participating in any way that is helpful to the campus.

I am profoundly grateful for your assistance throughout my years as president and will never be able to thank you sufficiently or appropriately for all your commitments. For the remainder of my term as president I will continue to give a maximum effort to building this great place. My heartfelt thanks are extended to all of you for your excellent work, your wise counsel and the many kindnesses you have extended to me, Patsy and my family. It has been my great privilege to serve as your president and to lead this magnificent university. Yours sincerely,


C. D. Mote, Jr.
President



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