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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The dean of the engineering school at the University of Maryland has been named the school's next president.

The University System of Maryland announced Wednesday evening that Darryll J. Pines will become the College Park school's 34th president. His appointment is effective July 1.

Pines has spent 25 years on the College Park campus, and he has served as both dean and the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School since January 2009.

Pines succeeds retiring president Wallace D. Loh, who will step down in June.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland has announced that federal legislation passed last year has caused it to end a Chinese government-approved program that, if continued, could've jeopardized access to important funding.

President Wallace Loh wrote in a letter that the university will be terminating its Confucius Institute program at the end of the academic year.

The Baltimore Sun reports the program teaches the Chinese language through an agreement with the country's government and provides teachers to local schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is signing a measure to implement reforms requiring more transparency at the University of Maryland Board of Regents after its handling of a University of Maryland football player's death last year.

Hogan signed the bill into law yesterday.

The new law will require the board to livestream its open meetings online. It also adds four members to the 17-member board. It also will require vote tallies from meetings in publicly available meeting minutes.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Billionaire presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg will deliver the University of Maryland's spring commencement address.

The Baltimore Sun reports the school announced Thursday that the former mayor of New York City will address thousands of graduates during a May 24 ceremony in College Park.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland President Wallace Loh will remain at the state's flagship university through June 2020, after he initially announced plans to retire at the end of this school year in the aftermath of a football player's death.

Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden announced Wednesday that Loh is leading several initiatives critical to the university's future. Gooden says the university is launching the process to select Loh's successor.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are expressing support for the president of the University of Maryland, after meeting to discuss the death of a football player.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said after Wednesday's meeting in Washington he believes Wallace Loh has "done an outstanding job," and he is hoping he will stay on as president. Rep. Steny Hoyer says he believes Loh acted properly and will be "part of the solution to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Jordan McNair collapsed from heatstroke on the field in May and later died.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland President Wallace Loh says he told the school's governing body that "all hell will break loose" if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player's death, a prophetic warning that went unheeded.

Loh told a panel of state lawmakers on Thursday that members of the University System of Maryland board of regents asked him on Oct. 26 if he would support Durkin's reinstatement as coach. Loh said he explained why he couldn't.

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Maryland University head football coach DJ Durkin has been fired.

The move comes one day after he was reinstated after a suspension following the death of football player Jordan McNair.

He had been suspended through the fall camp and eight regular season games.

University President Wallace Loh in making the announcement last night said that it was in best interest of the university.

Meanwhile, Maryland Democratic Representative Anthony Brown issued a statement calling the dismissal the right decision that would allow the university community to move forward.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Authorities at the University of Maryland are investigating a noose discovered in a fraternity house.

Local news reports say the noose was found inside the house of the school's Phi Kappa Tau chapter on April 27.

Police at the university say they are investigating the matter as a hate/bias incident.

University president Wallace D. Loh said in a Wednesday statement that he condemns "the use of a symbol of violence and hatred for the purpose of intimidating members of our University of Maryland community."

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Leadership at 11 of the 12 University System of Maryland institutions will be getting raises in the coming fiscal year, most of no more than 3.5 percent.

The Daily Record reports that University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh will get the largest increase of 14 percent, bringing his total 2017 salary up to $600,314.

The biggest overall earner is University of Maryland, Baltimore president Dr. Jay Perman, whose $895,923 salary also covers his work as a practicing physician.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University of Maryland's president says the name of an ex-university president should come off the stadium at the flagship campus because of the man's racist beliefs.

Wallace D. Loh told the university community Monday in an email he is recommending that Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium be changed to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Byrd Stadium, where the school's football and lacrosse teams play, is named for H.C. "Curley" Byrd, who was president of the university from 1936 to 1954.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland and Kappa Sigma fraternity say they're investigating an email sent by a student laced with racist and sexist language.

Kappa Sigma fraternity says in a statement posted on its website Friday that the student was a member of the University of Maryland chapter when he sent the email to six others in January 2014. The fraternity says it only recently learned of the email and has suspended the student. Kappa Sigma says the student has since resigned, and its Maryland chapter is working to formally expel him.