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. Under his leadership, the institution has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past seven years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.
Hrabowski was named by United States President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He has also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011).
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.”
Hrabrowski grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and became a child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement. In his Ted Talk, he recalls his family conversations about him marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and the importance of high expectations, community, assessment, and creating change.