Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was awarded the Centennial Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The award “recognizes individuals who, in addition to fulfilling their administrative and managerial roles with dedication and creativity, have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence and equity in undergraduate education, curricular innovation, the liberal arts, reform of K-12 education, and the promotion of strong links between their institution and their local communities.”
Dr. Hrabowski will receive $500,000 which he can use in support of academic programs at his discretion. He has been president of UMBC since 1992. He has been instrumental in increasing the number of black students pursuing degrees in STEM fields. UMBC produces more African-American bachelor’s degree recipients who go on to earn PH.D.s in science fields than any other predominantly white university.
A graduate of Hampton University, Dr. Hrabowski holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in higher education administration and statistics, both from the University of Illinois.