BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland leaders are asking for clear answers on why Dr. Wallace Loh will be leaving the University of Maryland this June.
Our media partners the Baltimore Sun said leaders announced they will hold a hearing with the Maryland House Of Delegates.
The House Appropriates Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates released a statement Wednesday announcing they will be holding a hearing to learn more about the report on the University of Maryland football culture and the “subsequent decisions of the University System of Maryland Regents to dismiss President Wallace Loh while retaining Head Coach DJ Durkin and Athletic Director Damon Evans,”
“The tragic death of Jordan McNair and the unprecedented and unusual decision-making process of the University System of Maryland Regents continues to raise more questions than answers,” Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch said. “The House of Delegates needs clear answers as to how and why Dr. Wallace Loh is being held accountable while the Head Coach and Athletic Director have been retained by the Regents directly,”
House Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh said the decision and announcement by the Board send the wrong message about their priorities.
“Athletics over academics is a phrase we are hearing today from our constituents. that is why the Appropriations Committee feels we must exercise our oversight,” McIntosh said.
The committee will meet November 15 at 1 p.m. in the House Office building.
Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement Wednesday on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ announcements yesterday, calling for more transparency within the University.
“I am deeply troubled by the lack of transparency from the Board of Regents, and deeply concerned about how they could have possibly arrived at the decisions announced yesterday.
I share the concerns of many Marylanders and believe very strongly that more must be done to restore the public trust. I am calling on both the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and President Wallace Loh to reconsider their decisions and to schedule a public hearing to address these issues in an open and transparent manner.
While the university system is required by law to operate independent of political influence, and as such no governor has the ability to hire or fire any university personnel or members of the Board of Regents, I can and will demand that the university is held accountable for making the reforms they have pledged to put in place with the full transparency that the students, parents, and faculty expect and deserve.
The University System of Maryland has let down the University of Maryland community and the citizens of Maryland, and now is the time to fix it,”