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Letter from President Pines

Dear Friends of Maryland,

We are at a pivotal point in our university’s history. From the promise of quantum computing research to bold innovations in the arts to the exciting ideas coming out of new buildings on campus and throughout Greater College Park, the University of Maryland is poised for greatness.

It couldn’t have happened without all of you. As we conclude Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland—UMD’s largest and most successful campaign—we are extremely thankful for all of your generosity, dedication and hard work to reach our ambitious $1.5 billion goal.

Whether you supported new scholarships that opened the door to a Maryland education for deserving students or helped us attract and keep faculty members on the cutting edge of their fields, your impact has been and will be felt for generations in every corner of campus. Your gifts helped create world-class facilities for computer science and engineering; assisted athletes in balancing their pursuits on the field with the demands of the classroom; and provided critical aid for financially struggling Terps.

I also extend a special thank you to our campaign co-chairs and honorary co-chairs, whose tireless advocacy for the University of Maryland gave us the momentum we needed to achieve success now and in the years to come: Albert Carey ’74, Alma Gildenhorn ’53, Barry Gossett ’62, William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Karen Levenson ’76, Craig Thompson ’92, ’95, Courtney Clark Pastrick, Brendan Iribe ’01 and Kevin Plank ’96.

While we should all enjoy a sense of accomplishment, we also know that there is far more work to be done to continue addressing the grand challenges of our time—from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change and civil rights—and to achieving inclusive excellence.

This campaign has provided us with a spectacular foundation; now is the time to keep building on it.

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Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland


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