Freeman A. Hrabowski

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Academic administrator; Educationist
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Educational and Academic Leadership


Freeman A. Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since May, 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He graduated at 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his MA(mathematics) one year later and his PhD (higher education administration/statistics) at age 24. Serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and universities and school systems nationally. Also sits on several corporate and civic boards. (Examples include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Constellation Energy Group, France-Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, McCormick & Company, Inc., Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Company, University of Maryland Medical System). Recent awards or honors include election to the American Philosophical Society, receiving the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, receiving the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and being named Marylander of the Year by the editors of the Baltimore Sun. Also holds honorary degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gallaudet University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Binghamton University, among others. Co-author of two books published by Oxford University Press: Beating the Odds (1998), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males in science, and Overcoming the Odds (2002), on successful African American females in science. A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, he was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

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