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Freeman A. Hrabowski


hrabowski-freemanDr. Freeman A. Hrabowski has been president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992, and has earned numerous accolades for his work.

He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the Na-tional Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.” His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

He was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report in 2008 and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time in 2012.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I’ve come to appreciate the importance of having the courage to empower others to lead. This approach lets us look in the mirror to see what we do well and also what we need to do better.

On a personal level, I also recognize the critical importance of relationships involving family and friends. Jackie and I just celebrated our 50th anniversary, and I am very grateful for her.

What has been your biggest success?

The focus of my career has been building a research university that is a model for inclusive excellence in America. I also take great pride in our amazing graduates of all races and backgrounds who are excelling as leaders in this state and beyond.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.