Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies committee that recently produced the report, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads". In 2009, TIME magazine named him one of America's 10 Best College Presidents.

In 2011, he received the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, recognized by many as the nation's highest award among college and university presidents. He also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), and The Urban Institute. He also sits on the boards of Constellation Energy Group, McCormick & Company, and the Baltimore Equitable Society. Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, Hrabowski graduated at 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his M.A. (mathematics) and four years later his Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics) at age 24.