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OCTOBER 31, 2018 / CAMPUS COMMUNITY

Our Football Program


Dear University of Maryland community,

I am writing to inform you of actions I am taking that are in the best interest of the University of
Maryland.

Yesterday, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents announced numerous recommendations,
including employment decisions about specific personnel on our campus. I accepted the Board's
recommendations. At the same time, I announced my retirement as president in June 2019. 

Since returning to campus after yesterday?s press conference, I have met with the leadership of the
Student Government Association speaking on behalf of numerous student organizations; the Senate
Executive Committee; Deans; department chairs; and campus leadership. The overwhelming majority of
stakeholders expressed serious concerns about Coach DJ Durkin returning to the campus.

The chair of the Board of Regents has publicly acknowledged that I had previously raised serious
concerns about Coach Durkin?s return. This is not at all a reflection of my opinion of Coach Durkin as a
person. However, a departure is in the best interest of the University, and this afternoon Coach Durkin
was informed that the University will part ways.

This is a difficult decision, but it is the right one for our entire University. I will devote the remaining
months of my presidency to advancing the needed reforms in our Athletic Department that prioritize the
safety and well-being of our student-athletes. 

Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President

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