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January 18, 2010

Dear University of Maryland Community:

Today the Board of Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology announced the appointment of Dr. Nariman Farvardin as its seventh President. Dr. Farvardin will assume the presidency of this eminent private institution, nationally recognized for its research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, effective July 1, 2011. We congratulate Dr. Farvardin on this stellar appointment and the Stevens Trustees for their selection of such an outstanding academic leader.

For the past 27 years and throughout his professional career, Nariman Farvardin has served the University of Maryland with remarkable dedication and distinction. He joined the University as an assistant professor and subsequently worked his way through the administrative ranks as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and, since 2007, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

As Provost, Dr. Farvardin's vision, strong leadership, and sound judgment have been critical to enhancing academic excellence and student opportunity. He spearheaded the development of the University's bold strategic plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations, and is currently leading its implementation. He has overseen a variety of innovative academic initiatives, including a redesigned General Education program; a new Honors College and expanded living-learning programs; a major review of the University's doctoral programs; reorganization of our international programs; and successful efforts to improve student recruitment, retention, and graduation.

Dr. Farvardin is a nationally renowned leader in higher education with a passion for excellence. He has great talent, impeccable integrity, and an exceptional understanding of our institution's best interests. He has amassed a long list of achievements at Maryland, introducing innovative educational programs, increasing research funding and research partnerships, and securing landmark gifts to advance engineering excellence. A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Dr. Farvardin is a highly respected researcher in communications and information theory. Among his many honors are the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the George Corcoran Award for Outstanding Contributions to Electrical Engineering Education, and the Invention of the Year Award (Information Sciences) from the University of Maryland.

The University takes great pride in Dr. Farvardin's presidential appointment as it reflects on the academic distinction and national stature of the institution. It once again reminds us that the University of Maryland attracts, nurtures, and launches national leaders. During my own short tenure as President, Nariman has provided me with invaluable counsel and support, and has been a trusted colleague.

Dr. Farvardin plans to step down from his position as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the end of February. The processes for appointing an interim provost and a permanent provost will be announced after consultation with the campus community.

On behalf of the University community, I want to thank Nariman for his extraordinary contributions to our University. I extend best wishes to him, his wife Hoveida, and their daughter Tandice as they begin this exciting new chapter in their lives.


Wallace D. Loh