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Freeman Hrabowski III

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

When he retires as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, next year, Freeman  Hrabowski III will leave behind a legacy of success.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1950, he was involved as a child in the civil rights movement. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics and his doctorate in higher education administration/statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He was hired as vice provost at UMBC in 1987 and named president in 1992.

Under his leadership, the school has won national recognition in a variety of ways. To name just two, U.S. News magazine has named UMBC one of the country’s “most innovative” national universities every year since 2015 and the school is the reigning national

What makes you excited about your job?

Education transforms lives and it is gratifying every day to see students and colleagues as they grow, both intellectually and in life. It’s also exciting to be in an environment in which ideas and people really matter. I am inspired by the creativity and the grit of our students.

How has your organization and your work changed because of the pandemic?

We have a greater appreciation of ways to make use of technology and we also understand more than ever the need to support people. In many ways we have had to do more with less. Most important, we’ve seen that attitude really matters. My colleagues continue to say that we can get through this, and we will keep hope alive.