Maryland president C.D. Mote will retire at the end of this summer but will retain his faculty position with the University. Mote came to Maryland in 1998 from the University of California at Berkley and has presided over the rise in the academic reputation of Maryland to one of the top public universities in the country. The number of applicants and the quality of the applicants has risen while Mote was at the head of the University. On the sports side Mote’s leadership has not always been stellar. He was an academic at heart, certainly not a negative as a college president, but was reluctant to get overly involved in the running of the athletic department even in moments when his intervention would have spared the University negative publicity. With the recent media disasters that Maryland athletics has endured Mote was often no where to be found and relied on the Athletic Department to handle issues that they were ill equipped and ill tempered to successfully resolve. Maryland needs a strong personality to reign in Athletic Director Debbie Yow and facilitate her eventual replacement. With Mote’s departure hopefully the University can begin the process of transitioning to a new era of athletics and academics in College Park.