Search Begins for New MAPP Dean

By Maggie Haslam / Nov 4, 2020

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The University of Maryland has launched a national search for a new dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. University Provost Mary Ann Rankin has convened a committee of administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni to identify potential candidates in collaboration with the greater school community and international search firm Korn-Ferry.

The new dean will succeed outgoing Interim Dean Donald Linebaugh, who has served in the position for over two years. Under Linebaugh’s leadership, the school developed a new comprehensive strategic plan, launched a new website and exceeded the school’s campaign fundraising goal for 2019. Linebaugh also helped establish a number of dual master’s degree options and a new real estate development undergraduate major, hired several new faculty and secured plans to move UMD’s 2017 Solar Decathlon winner, reACT, to the architecture building.

“Don Linebaugh has shown outstanding leadership as interim dean,” said Rankin. “We go into this search process stronger and better connected than ever before, thanks to Don’s excellent work. I am deeply grateful for all he has done for the school and the university these past two-plus years.”

The search, which is estimated to take around six months, is being chaired by Keith Marzullo, a close colleague of the school and dean of UMD’s College of Information Science.

"The next dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will want to build on the great things the school is doing towards the service of others through the improvement of the built environment,” said Marzullo. “The cultural, ethical, economic and environmental challenges facing the world today make MAPP’s role increasingly vital, and the next dean will work with the entire MAPP community—faculty, staff and students—to increase the impact of this great school." 

MAPP students, faculty and staff gathered online in October to learn about the search process and timeline and to discuss what qualities they would like to see in the next dean. A candidate list will be narrowed down in January for an initial round of interviews with the committee; finalists will meet with university administrators and the school community in early March, with the new dean announced later in the spring.

Confidential inquiries can be sent to Rosa Morris at or any member of the search committee.


Dean’s Search Committee: School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Keith Marzullo (Chair), Dean of Information Studies
Willow Lung Aman, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
Matthew Bell, Professor, Architecture
John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Juan Burke, Assistant Professor, Architecture
Medessa Burian, Assistant Director, Environmental Finance Center
Casey Dawkins, Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
Brittney Drakeford, Ph.D. Student
Chris Ellis, Professor, AGNR, Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture
Rodney Harrell, Board of Visitors
Brent Hernandez, Director of Student Services, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Duong Hoang Le, Undergraduate Student
Maria Day Marshall, Associate Clinical Professor, Real Estate Development
Andrew Mazer, Architecture Masters Student
Steve Parker, Board of Visitors
Jeremy Wells, Associate Professor, Historic Preservation