Dr. Tim Redman will step down as head of the internationally acclaimed chess program at University of Texas at Dallas effective Aug. 31.
James Stallings, the program’s associate director, will become director on Sept. 1.
Redman, who also founded UTD’s chess program, said he wanted to devote more time to teaching, research and writing.
The professor this month received the United States Chess Federation’s 2006 Scholastic Service Award, the first time the award has been given for achievements in college chess.
Redman founded the chess program at UTD in 1996 and the following year, led the team to a second-place finish at the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship.
Over the next nine years, UTD finished first or tied for first four times in the Pan Am, and in 2001 and 2002 was awarded the President’s Cup, which goes to the winner of the Final Four of Chess competition – a tournament that UTD created.
Redman also started a national Internet-based college chess league and founded the UTD Grandmaster Invitational, an event that each December brings some of the best chess players in the world to North Texas for more than a week.
The World Chess Federation three years ago named UTD one of its two officially designated centers for chess education in the world. Moscow State Social University in Russia was the other university selected.
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