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Dr. C. D. "Dan" Mote, Jr., served as the president of the University of Maryland from September 1998 to August 31, 2010.

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. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.

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.

Under Mote's leadership, the University of Maryland attracted record numbers of applicants, significantly raised the academic profile of entering students, tripled the number of students participating in the Study Abroad program, emphasized giving each undergraduate a special educational experience beyond his/her major, increased research funding more than 150 percent, and enhanced the excellence of the university's faculty. He also focused on making attending the university more accessible and affordable, in part through various financial aid programs, including the Maryland Incentive Awards, the Pathways program, and the Keep Me Maryland fundraising campaign, and led the push to close the achievement gap in graduation rates for underrepresented minorities.

Mote also initiated and raised money for the university's biggest building boom in its history, transforming the university's physical environment with new buildings and renovations that serve the academic mission, research and student and alumni life. Major projects included the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Bioscience Research Building, Knight Hall, Tawes Hall, Van Munching Hall, Comcast Center sports facility and the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, among others. In addition, he created Maryland Day, the first campus-wide annual open house to connect the university to people of all ages in the greater community.

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