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University of Maryland, College Park names new provost

Mary Ann Rankin, a former longtime administrator at the University of Texas at Austin known for creating the innovative UTeach program to produce math and science teachers, was named provost at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Rankin, who will start as College Park's No. 2 academic administrator in October, is currently the CEO of the Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative. Like UTeach, the public-private partnership was designed to produce more graduates and teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Rankin spent 36 years at the University of Texas, including a 17-year stint as dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Her UTeach program is considered a national model, and Towson University recently announced plans to use it in producing math and science teachers.

College Park President Wallace Loh praised Rankin as "one of the most visionary and innovative academic leaders in the country."

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