President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr Freeman A. Hrabowski III
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Dr Freeman A. Hrabowski III At A Glance:

During his almost 30 year run as president of UMBC, Dr. Hrabowski has transformed a young university into a research institution recognized as one of the most innovative in the country. His goal: continue building a campus that’s first-rate in research and instruction, and that prepares students of all backgrounds for success.

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” More recently, he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) and was named a recipient of the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019). UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, The Empowered University, probes the way senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation.

  • The Empowered University

    This presentation probes opportunities for senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students to facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and opportunities for innovation, by offering an array of financial, social, and academic support for students of all backgrounds, and by offering career support for faculty of all backgrounds. The principles presented are adaptable for any organization.
  • Shared Leadership/Leading with Impact

    An examination of how shared leadership enables an organization to tackle tough issues by taking a hard look in the mirror, noting strengths and weaknesses and assessing opportunities and challenges.
  • Excellence through Diversity/The Value of a Diverse Organization

    Excellence is best achieved when an organization works toward creating an inclusive organization through a more welcoming and supportive racial climate and through supporting individuals of all backgrounds in reaching their full potential.
  • Raising Academically Successful African-American Students

    Freeman Hrabowski shares remarkable stories and shows audiences what African-American families have done to raise academically successful students despite the roadblocks of racism, the temptations of crime and drugs, and a popular culture that values being "cool" over being educated. This presentation offers insight, guidance, and hope for anyone concerned about the plight of young African-American men and women and the society they live in. He offers specific and inspiring examples of the practices, attitudes, and parenting strategies that have enabled these young people to persevere and triumph. This presentation is an invaluable guide on creating the conditions that lead to academic-and lifelong-success.
He was king and gracious to everyone he met. He was generous with his ideas and engaged the audience every minute he spoke. Well worth the investment of time and resources to have him on campus. I wish we would have had him longer. Thanks for all your help!

— Assistant Dean, Faculty Services, UTSA Libraries

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