Freeman Hrabowski

Higher Ed

  • Race and diversity

Freeman A. Hrabowski III has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was named by President Barack Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally. Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Ala., Hrabowski – a child leader in the Civil Rights Movement – graduated from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. He received his master’s degree in mathematics and his doctorate in higher education administration and statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His book, “Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement,” was published in 2015.