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Freeman Hrabowski III

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Freeman Hrabowski III has served as President of 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.

Hrabowski serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally. He also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), and The Urban Institute®. He sits on the boards of Constellation Energy® Group, McCormick & Company and the Baltimore Equitable Society. He is a past member of the Board of the Carnegie Foundation® for the Advancement of Teaching and the Maryland Humanities Council (member and Chair).

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, Hrabowski co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988. The program is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering and advancing underrepresented minorities in these fields. The program has become a national model and, based on program outcomes, Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds (Oxford University Press), which focus on parenting and high-achieving African-American males and females in science. Both books are used by universities, school systems and community groups around the country.

A former child leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee's 1997 documentary Four Little Girls about the racially motivated bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963.

Hrabowski graduated at age 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his M.A. in mathematics, and four years later, his Ph.D. in higher education administration/statistics at age 24.

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