by Andrea Nicolls
Member, African American History Club
The African American History Club will present a program on Thursday, May 18 in the Encore Theater at 3:00 p.m. featuring Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
He is one of the few African Americans to head a predominantly white university. As one of this country’s top educators, Dr. Hrabowski has won numerous awards and honors including the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
Since becoming President of UMBC in 1992, the school has been recognized as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching in all disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the sciences and engineering. High achieving students from various backgrounds and countries have gone to UMBC specifically because of the excellence of its rigorous, academic programs that challenge students to do their best.
Dr. Hrabowski is primarily known for co-founding the Meyerhoff Scholars Program which has been responsible for educating many underrepresented students who go on to earn doctorates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. Also, in 2008, U.S. News and World Report named Dr. Hrabowski as one of America’s Best Leaders and in 2012 Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Former President Obama named Dr. Hrabowski as the Chair of his President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He has written numerous articles and co-authored two books. His latest publication is Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement. He will talk to residents in May about the events and experiences that led to his development as an educator, innovator, and outstanding leader.