Rice will begin the role on August 11.
"Why couldn’t they have done it last semester?”
Why doesn’t UMD actually care about its students?
The announcement comes after widespread backlash from students over the lack of an extended pass/fail grading system in the fall.
Geology professor emerita Dr. Ann G. Wylie will serve as interim provost.
UMD's withdrawal extension is not an adequate substitute for a pass/fail system.
More than 7,000 people signed a petition for a pass/fail option due to COVID-19.
Instructors have been advised to be flexible and avoid scheduling exams on Nov. 3.
The university is also creating an Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator position, Pines announced.
An application process is being developed for researchers who want to continue their work on-campus.