Freeman A. Hrabowski III

Freeman Alphonsa Hrabowski III is a prominent American educator, lawyer, and mathematician. In May 1992 he Began his term as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), one of the twelve public universities Comprising the Maryland university system. Hrabowski has Transformed a no-name, commuter university JSON a research institution honored as one of the musts innovative in the country. [1] His administration Continues to build a campus that’s first-rate in research and instruction, and therein préparés students or all Backgrounds for career success. Under his adept leadership, UMBC has bone ranked the # 1 Up and Coming University in the USA for six achtereenvolgende years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) by US News and World Report magazine. [2]

Hrabowski is the co-author of the books, Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males (1998) Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women (2001), and Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to VOTE (2015). His research and many publications focus on science and math education, with a special emphasis on minority participation and performance. His leadership, expertise and vision are integral to programs world-wide in science / technology / engineering / mathematics (STEM), and are-used by universities, school systems, and community groups around the country. [3] Hrabowski chaired the prestigious National Academies committee dat produktie the report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads . [4] In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Hrabowski to Chair of the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, [5] and he was ook a candidate for Secretary of Education in his administration. [6] He has bone called one of America’s Best Leaders, [7] one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, [8] and one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents. [9]

In 2011, Hrabowski RECEIVED the Carnegie Corporation of New York ‘s Academic Leadership Award, one of the Highest receptacles bepaald to an educator. The award included a $ 500,000 grant, welke he has directed to support and promote a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and student success at UMBC. [10]

Early life and education

Hrabowski was born in segregated Birmingham, Alabama , the only child of busy, hard-working parents, zowel or Whom ulcers educators. [11] His mother was an English teacher who decided to become a math teacher, and she-used the young Hrabowski as a guinea pig at home. His Father had leg a math teacher and-then went to work at a steel mill Because if Hrabowski is quoted as saying, “Frankly, he Could make more money doing that.” Frequently asked about the origin of his unusual surname, Hrabowski wordt uitgelegd dat he is the great-great-grandson of Eaton Hrabowski, a Polish-American “slave master who lived in rural Alabama,” and his wife Rebecca McCord. [12] In a CBS television interview, Hrabowski recounted dat he is the third Freeman Hrabowski; his grandfather was the first Freeman Hrabowski born a free man, as Opposed to maintenance to be UN peace. [13]

When he was 12 years old, in 1963, Hrabowski saw his friends readying for the Children’s Crusade march for civil rights . He convinced his parents to let im join in as a youth advocate, but soon JSON have the march was swept up in a mass arrest. Birmingham’s Notorious Public Safety Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor splashing in his face, [14] and have been incarcerated for five days. The jail guards locked as the youngest freedom marchers in with hardened criminals. Hrabowski spent five days terrified and nights shielding other youngsters and comforting Them by reading his Bible longstanding or singing songs. After being Reunited with the adults, Hrabowski remembers the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King count them, ‘What you do this day will harbor an impact on generations as yet unborn. “King’s words resonated with Hrabowski, and ultimately rank true if the national outrage at the brutality Against Birmingham Children helped build the pressure for laws banning racial discrimination. That outcome representation Hrabowski a life mission, and he has since leg a staunch and Tireless campaigner for equality, education, and excellence.

When he was 19 years old, Hrabowski graduated from Hampton Institute with high receptacles in mathematics. During his matriculation there have spent a year ABROAD at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , have RECEIVED his MA in mathematics and four years later his Ph.D. in higher education administration and statistics. Hrabowski focused his education on math and science in part Because He was worried dat the American economy mention anything suffer if other countries continued to graduate more technological experts dan the United States. He wants to dat smart, dynamic students or all Backgrounds continuous to be Amongst the graduates from STEM programs, and he has discussed his SOUGHT-after perspectives on news channels like CBS [13] and MSNBC with senior correspondent Andrea Mitchell . [15]


UMBC was a relatief young schoolgirl in a Baltimore suburb als Hrabowski arrived in 1987 as Vice Provost, dan executive vice president, and president in 1992. he From the very beginning had big plans to turn the mid-sized, unremarkable campus JSON a place where “it’s cool to be smart.” [16] it seems Hrabowski’s civil rights and administration experiences, his doctoral studies, and his enthusiastic advocacy for education led im seamlessly to UMBC’s Presidency.

Within his first two years at UMBC, he had raised enough money to set up the uitgebreid tutoring and financial aid of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program . [17] Initially designed to help smart black males Become scientists and engineers, have the program co-founded with Robert Meyerhoff roused expanded to include students or all races and zowel genders, “who are interested in the ADVANCEMENT or minderheden in the sciences and related areas. ” The Meyerhoff program has since Become a national model for colleges and universities everywhere.

It was Hrabowski’s background therein Empowered im to take bold verschillende administrative action, zoals disbanding an Africana studies graduate program and refusing to field a college football team in favor of funding math undergraduates and a championship chess team. The result was a dramatic increase is in the number of technologically advanced graduates of all races and genders. Hrabowski Frequently writes about minority participation and high performance in the sciences, math, and engineering areas. He advises President Obama on educational issues and consults for the National Science Foundation , National Institutes of Health , and the National Academies . Hrabowski is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society .

Hrabowski holds over 20 honorary doctorates, zoals Those from Harvard University , Duke University , the University of Illinois , Gallaudet University the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Binghamton University , Princeton University , the University of Michigan , Johns Hopkins University , Georgetown University , Haverford College , Harvey Mudd College , and GOUCHER College . Hrabowski is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He Serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation , France Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), The Urban Institute, McCormick & Company , T. Rowe Price , and the Baltimore Equitable Society . He has served on the boards of the Constellation Energy Group , Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Company, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching , and the Maryland Humanities Council (member and Chair). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science , the American Academy of Arts & Sciences , and the American Philosophical Society .

Leadership and innovation

Hrabowski is a respected voice in the discussion on innovation in science and engineering, who strives to dat America’s readiness in the arena of global competiviness. Under his dynamic leadership, UMBC has Become a powerhouse in higher education and has gained a solid reputation as one of the nation’s premier universities. [9] The University honored the 20th anniversary of Hrabowski’s Presidency as Hundreds of fans and friends, faculty and staff, students and alums gathered for a celebration of his leadership and innovation. [18]

The outpouring of support from people across the state and nation onderkent de tremendous contributions the entire UMBC community has made to the social fabric of the region, to Maryland’s economy, and to public education nationwide. The Enthusiasm is palpable for the model UMBC has created for excellence in teaching across the disciplines under President Hrabowski’s administration. His work Continues with the launch of The Hrabowski Fund for Innovation [19] in honor of his anniversary and his many contributions to the university. UMBC has Agent the fund to Permanently endow the initiatives launched with support of the Carnegie grant the president RECEIVED in 2011. The Hrabowski Fund for Innovation will enable the President’s office to invest in faculty, staff, and student initiatives zoals course design and redesign; development of unique classroom learning environments dat support active learning, team-based learning, and entrepreneurial skill development; lab and project-based capstone courses; faculty fellowships; and peer-learning initiatives. This fund will sustain and drive UMBC’s culture of innovation.


  • “It’s hard work dat makes the difference. I do not care how smart you are or how smart you think you are. Smart simply Means you’re ready to learn. “
  • “The more we Expect from children, the more they ‘kan do.”
  • “I guarantee the people who study are going to be successful. Nothing kan replace hard work.” [20]
  • “Success is never final.”. [11]
  • “If we are simply Satisfied with things as they ‘are, we not only do not get better, we impervious to Become even weaker, Because people and even institutions never Remain the assembly.” [21]

Awards and receptacles

President Hrabowski has RECEIVED numerous awards recognizing his prowess in leadership, education, innovation, science, and engineering, some or welke are listed Projects:

  • TIAA-C REF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award
  • Top American Leaders at the Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.
  • Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education (2001)
  • US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
  • Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service
  • GE African American Forum ICON Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marylander of the Year
  • Heinz Award in the Human Condition category [22]
  • Fast Company magazine’s first Fast 50 Champions of Innovation in Business and Technology
  • Technology Council of Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Inaugural inductee into tje STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame.
  • William D. Carey Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science’s named a
  • Black Engineer of the Year (Beya) at the Beya STEM Global Competitiveness Conference
  • Educator of the Year at the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC
  • Ralph Coats Roe Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Selected media appearances

As president of UMBC, Hrabowski is a frequent feature in verschillende media venues [23] zoals:

  • Speaking at TED in 2013 on four pillars of college success in science (13.2)
  • President Hrabowski Discusses Workforce Competitiveness on NBC News’ Education Nation (10/08/13)
  • “UMBC Carving a Niche in Singular Cyber, STEM Education” – Q & A in the Baltimore Business Journal (9/27/13)
  • “Ideas for Improving Science Education” in the NY Times (02/09/13)
  • “Oral Histories: Freeman Hrabowski,” C-Span’s American History TV
  • President Hrabowski Discusses the Importance of a Liberal Arts Education on NPR’s Tell Me More (06/06/12)
  • Five universities dat really are up-and-comers in the Washington Post (3/21/12)
  • Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC (01/27/12)
  • “Freeman Hrabowski on Job Creation” on wbal (09/12/11)
  • News Coverage from White House Meeting on Higher Education (05/12/11)
  • Talk of the Nation (5/12/11)
  • 60 Minutes (13/11/11)
  • Wbal Editorial on President Hrabowski and Academic Leadership
  • President Hrabowski in Diverse Issues in Higher Education (pdf) (11/13/11)
  • President Hrabowski in the Chronicle of Higher Education (7/11)
  • President Hrabowski, and Anthony Johnson and Elaine Lalanne or CASPR in Physics Today (3/11)
  • President Hrabowski on Midday with Dan Rodericks, WYPR (09/12/10)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski and Richard Forno, Cybersecurity programs in the Gazette of Politics and Business (05/11/10)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski on C-SPAN: The College Board Forum on College Completion (28/10/10)
  • President Hrabowski in the Chronicle of Higher Education (10/10/10)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski in Diverse Issues in Higher Ed (10/1/1)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski on C-SPAN: The College Board Forum on College Completion (28/10/10) (Archive not available)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports (01/10/10)
  • President Hrabowski on WYPR’s Maryland Morning (9/28/10)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski on NPR’s Tell Me More (09/15/10)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski in Black Enterprise (08/24/10)
  • President Freeman Hrabowski in US News and World Report (pdf) (10.8) *
  • President Hrabowski in US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine (Fall / Winter 2009)
  • President Hrabowski on the Today Show (9/09)
  • President Hrabowski on PBS ‘Charlie Rose’ Show (06/07/06)
  • President Hrabowski Interviewed by “Kids of America” ​​(14/03/05)
  • President Hrabowski on “The Today Show” (8/02)
  • Hrabowski discusses changes to the SAT on PBS ‘ “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (video) (7/02) (video not available)


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