COLLEGE PARK, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - The University of Maryland’s president will return for at least one more year, despite promising to retire this year in the wake of the Jordan McNair scandal.
The school told FOX 5 DC on Wednesday afternoon that Wallace Loh will serve until 2020.
Former head coach D.J. Durkin was suspended after McNair suffered heat stroke during practice and died shortly afterward.
One day after university leaders recommended reinstating head football coach D.J. Durkin in October, Loh announced that Durkin would be fired.
The recommendation to reinstate Durkin caused an uproar on the UMD campus, and throughout the state of Maryland.
McNair's family expressed shock and outrage, while Maryland Governor Larry Hogan asked the board to reconsider its decision.
Loh offered the following statement:
"For eight years, I have been honored to serve the state’s flagship institution as the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni have propelled Maryland to new heights. The Board discussed with me having a smooth transition of leadership, and we mutually agreed upon a retirement date of June 2020. With all of Maryland’s supporters, I look forward to what we will accomplish together."