Missouri State University


Freeman Hrabowski

College of Natural & Applied Sciences; College of Education; MSU Public Affairs Grant

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, is president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance.

Dr. Hrabowski serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Academies. He also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), The Urban Institute, McCormick & Company and the Baltimore Equitable Society.

U.S. News & World Report named Hrabowski one of America’s Best Leaders, while TIME magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, which is recognized by many as the nation’s highest awards among higher education leaders.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, he co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which is recognized as a national model based on program outcomes. Dr. Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds, focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science.

A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski 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. He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’s achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.

Hrabowski graduated at age 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his MA in mathematics and his PhD in higher education administration/statistics at age 24. He holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions – from Harvard, Princeton and Duke to the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Haverford College and Harvey Mudd College.

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