Darryll Pines is quick with a dad joke. But he’s serious about growing UMd.’s business ties.

Incoming University of Maryland President Darryll Pines may describe himself as a bit of a joker — but he is serious about building out the school’s tech and startup ecosystems.

“The university is an incredible innovation ecosystem, but we were not leveraging every aspect of it. Now you will start to see a lot more startups coming out of the University of Maryland,” Pines told the Washington Business Journal in an interview after a Friday press conference punctuated by accolades, off-script jokes by Pines and plenty of Terrapin pride.

Pines, the current dean of the school’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, will officially step into the top spot July 1.

The press conference, held in The Hotel at the University of Maryland, would literally have not been possible without outgoing President Wallace Loh, said University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay Perman in a speech introducing Pines. He said the Discovery District and preparations for the Purple Line light rail were signature…

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