University of Maryland, College Park — President

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the flagship, land-grant university of the state of Maryland and one of the nation’s most powerful engines of learning and discovery, seeks a visionary and inclusive leader to serve as its 34th President. UMD is dedicated to public service, academic excellence, transformative research, and economic innovation, and has charted an impressive trajectory to solidify its position among the finest research universities and as an essential public institution serving Maryland, the nation, and the world. 

UMD is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and is designated by the Carnegie Classification as a doctoral institution of Very High Research Activity (Research One). It is responsible for more than $3 billion in annual economic impact for the state of Maryland through its distinguished faculty, talented and engaged student body, dedicated and excellent staff, generative and translational research, and deep partnerships throughout Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland, and the broader National Capital region. UMD is the only public research university inside the Washington, D.C. beltway, just nine miles from the White House. UMD’s unique location enables unparalleled access to government and policy leadership, funding agencies, and a dynamic, high-growth business environment highlighted by the region’s emergence as a technology and bio-sciences hub. The state of Maryland is very supportive of higher education, and the next President will lead an institution primed for an era of vigorous growth, thoughtful coalition-building, and studied renewal of its commitments to its community and constituencies, all to build a stronger UMD now and for the future. 

The University of Maryland is part of the 12-institution University System of Maryland (USM). UMD’s annual operating budget approaches $2.2 billion, and the College Park campus’s annual research expenditures stand at $550 million. UMD is home to more than 41,000 students, and nearly 4,000 full- and part-time faculty who study and serve in 12 schools and colleges. Its students are deeply engaged through innovative pedagogy and technology-enabled learning across disciplines, including a new AAU-supported First-Year Experience. UMD is a member of the Big Ten Conference and Academic Alliance and shares best practices with other major public research universities. 

The President will lead with intellectual purpose and clarity, political acumen, transparency, and in close consultation with, and careful consideration for, the needs of the UMD community broadly defined. The President will support an ever-more-diverse and international student body. In order to enable UMD’s world-class faculty and staff to take the University even further, the President will expand resources to encourage research, scholarship, and professional practice. Central to the University’s vision is fostering a community that is fundamentally intertwined—socially and economically—with the growth and development of the University. The President will address these constituencies forthrightly, be a champion of the academic and scholarly mission of the University and promote its great potential to enrich the lives of the underserved—both within its community and far beyond—through pedagogy, research, economic development, and outreach. The President will be an inspirational figure, an adept communicator, equitable and fair-minded, and an exemplar of the University’s core values of service to the greater good.

The Board of Regents and the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland have engaged the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, in an international recruitment effort. John Muckle and Gale Merseth are leading this search with Vijay Saraswat. For more information, to make a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit: 

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.