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Pines Recognized as Top 50 Leader in Higher Education

By Maryland Today Staff

UMD President Darryll J. Pines was named a “Top 50 leader in Higher Education” by the National Diversity Council at the 17th annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference.

“I am incredibly honored to be recognized as a leader in higher education, specifically in terms of diversity and creating an inclusive environment—a pillar of my presidency,” he said. “I intend to keep this priority at the forefront while understanding there is still much work to be done to support the growth and development of our students, faculty and staff."

As an educator for many years, including 11 as dean of UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, Pines has championed improvements in student support, participation in national and international student competitions, and expanded innovation and entrepreneurship activities. In the first year of his presidency, Pines also has made major developments in plans to improve the student experience and create an inclusive environment while advancing the university in research and academics.

Top leaders in education are characterized as innovators, strategists and pioneers in their field. Awardees are chosen based on a criteria gauging educators who contribute to the growth of their students, organizations, and communities, and are active in mentoring the next generation of professionals.

Pines is joined on the list by other notable university presidents and chancellors across the country. To view the full list of 2021 awardees and find more information about the National Diversity and Leadership Conference, visit

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