Freeman A. Hrabowski III has served as president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992.
In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award. Mr. Hrabowski made U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Leaders in 2008 and, in 2009, Time magazine named him one of the 10 Best College Presidents.
Other honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; becoming a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; being named Marylander of the Year by the editors of the Baltimore Sun; receiving the GE African American Forum ICON Lifetime Achievement Award; and being listed among Fast Company magazine’s first Fast 50 Champions of Innovation. He also has received the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education; the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; and Columbia University’s Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service.
Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Hrabowski graduated at 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. He received both his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.