He’s one of many nation’s most outstanding and acknowledged faculty presidents. And now, after 30 years on the helm of the College of Maryland, Baltimore County, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III has introduced that he will retire on the finish of the 2021-2022 educational college yr.
“We have proven the nation that we’re a mannequin of inclusive excellence,” mentioned Hrabowski, who pioneered the Meyerhoff Students Program at UMBC to extend the variety of STEM leaders. The mannequin has been efficiently replicated throughout the nation. “UMBC is simply 55 years outdated, however we now have labored very onerous to make historical past. And we are going to all the time be part of this nation’s historical past as a result of we produce leaders, together with hundreds of academics, legal professionals, social employees, and entrepreneurs shaping our communities,” he mentioned.
Hrabowski has the information to show his success.
Throughout his tenure, UMBC has elevated in enrollment from simply over 10,000 college students to almost 14,000 college students and greater than doubled the variety of diploma packages provided. The college has graduated greater than 1,400 Meyerhoff Students with STEM levels. Greater than 800 have already earned graduate or skilled levels. In line with NSF information, UMBC is now the nation’s high producer of Black graduates who go on to a Ph.D. within the pure sciences and engineering.
“The UMBC story is one among pleasure about studying and studying the way to work with individuals totally different from oneself,” mentioned Hrabowski. “We’re saying to the nation and to younger individuals that you just don’t should be wealthy to be the easiest. Center class establishments can produce a few of the finest thinkers on this planet.
Hrabowski grew up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama and was classmates with former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice. He was featured within the documentary “4 Little Ladies,” by Spike Lee, recounting his involvement within the civil rights motion as a toddler activist.
He graduated from Hampton Institute with highest honors in arithmetic, and earned his M.A. in arithmetic and Ph.D. in increased schooling administration/statistics from the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hrabowski is understood for his mentorship of youthful students, significantly these aspiring for management positions inside the academy.
“Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III is a towering determine in increased schooling. He is a superb scholar, chief, and mentor,” mentioned Dr. James L. Moore III, the vice provost for range and inclusion at The Ohio State College and the Schooling and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of City Schooling. “His physique of labor displays the sturdy traditions and excellence instilled in him, at an early age, by his group in Alabama. As a South Carolina native, his story and journey resonate deeply with me and many different Black of us from the South and past.”
Moore mentioned that though Hrabowski is retiring, “I’m assured that his contributions to society will dwell eternally.”
Like Moore, Dr. Curtis D. Byrd, particular advisor to the provost for range, fairness and inclusion at Georgia State College credit Hrabowski will constructing “one of many seminal frameworks of educational pipeline packages with the Meyerhoff Students program.”
Hrabowski wrote the foreword to the e-book Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelors to the Professoriate, which Byrd co-authored with Dr. Rihana Mason.
“We felt his efforts aligned with our mission of illustrating initiatives that help underrepresented teams diversifying the academy,” Byrd mentioned, including that Hrabowski is slated to seem on a Sept 16th webinar to debate the e-book.
“Dr. Hrabowski is an inspiration and mentor to so many of us not solely in his actions, however in his phrases,” mentioned Byrd. “One in every of his customary sayings that I dwell by to at the present time is the next: ‘Watch your ideas, they develop into your phrases. Watch your phrases, they develop into your actions. Watch your actions, they develop into your habits. Watch your habits, they develop into your character. Watch your character, it turns into your future.’”
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