Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1992-. Chair, Special Review Committee on Coppin State University, 2012-13.
Chair, Maryland Humanities Council, 1991-92 (member, 1987-92). Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, 1992-2006. Member, State Information Technology Board, 1993-96; Co-Chair, Governor's Transition Policy Group on Education, 1994-95. Member, Governor's Maryland Economic Growth Task Force, 1994-95; Maryland Education Council, Education Commission of the States, 1999-2003; Governor's Commission on the Development of Advanced Technology Business, 2003-04. Co-Chair, Higher Education Work Group, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2006-07. Former president, Council of University System Presidents.
Chair, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, 2012-.
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Alabama A&M University, 1976-77. Dean of Arts and Sciences, 1977-81, Professor, 1977-87, and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, 1981-87, Coppin State College. Member, Governor's Commission on State Taxes and Tax Structure, 1987-90.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, August 13, 1950. Hampton Institute, B.A. (mathematics), magna cum laude, 1970; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A. (mathematics), 1971, Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics), 1975. The Leadership, Class of 1985, Greater Baltimore Committee. Consultant, National Science Foundation; National Institutes of Health; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Department of Education. Co-founder, Meyerhoff Program (for African American scientists), 1989. Board member, American Council on Education. Board of Trustees, Baltimore Community Foundation, 1991-2006. Board of Directors, University System of Maryland Foundation, 1992-. Board member, Baltimore Equitable Society, 1992-; Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1994-2000; Constellation Energy Group, 1994-2012; Center Stage, 1996-2003; Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company, 1996-2007; Maryland Business Roundtable for Education; McCormick and Company, Inc., 1997-; American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2000-04; Casey Family Grants Program, 2001-02; Merrick and France Foundations; Maryland High Technology Council; Washington/Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition; T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., 2013-. Co-author, Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African-American Males (1998); Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African-American Young Women (2001). Author, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement (2015).
Outstanding Science Educator Award, Eli Lilly and Company, 1993. Andrew White Medal, Loyola College of Maryland, 1994. Educator Achievement Award, National Science Foundation, 1994. Hatikvah Award, Jewish National Fund, 1994. U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, 1996. Baltimore's Extraordinary Technology Advocate Award, Technology Council, Greater Baltimore Committee, 1998. Henry A. Rosenberg, Sr. Distinguished Citizen Award, Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1998. Golden Torch Academic Visionary Award, National Society of Black Engineers, 1999. Marylander of the Year, Baltimore Sun, 1999. Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, 1999. Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, 2001. Fast 50 Champions of Innovation, Fast Company, 2002. Speaker's Medallion, House of Delegates, 2004. Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2006. Influential Marylanders in Education, Daily Record, 2007, 2012, 2014 (Circle of Influence). Frederick Douglass Award, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2008. America's Best Leaders, U.S. News & World Report, 2008. Named one of the Ten Best College Presidents, Time, 2009. Candle in Education Award, Morehouse College, 2010. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2010. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA - CREF), 2011. Leadership Award for Promoting Diversity in Science and Medicine, Gladstone Institute, University of California, San Francisco, 2011. Academic Leadership Award, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2011. Lifetime Achievement Award, Technology Council of Maryland, 2012. Top 100 Most Influential People, Time magazine, 2012. Heinz Award (human condition), Heinz Family Foundation, 2012. Hall of Fame, National Black College Alumni, 2013. Black Engineer of the Year Award, BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Conference, 2013. Educator of the Year, World Affairs Council - Washington, DC, 2013. Educational Visionary Award, Association for Program Administrators of CSTEP & STEP, 2013. Distinguished Public Service Award, American Educational Research Association, 2013. William D. Carey Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013. Presidential Medal of Excellence, Bowie State University, 2013. Champion for Children Award, Maryland State Department of Education, 2014. President's Award for Excellence, University of Cincinnati, 2014. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ideals Award, The Johns Hopkins University, 2014. Legend's Circle Individual Award, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, 2014. Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2014. Mentor Award, Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments, American Council on Education, 2014. Federal 100, Federal Computer Week, 2014. Chairman's Award, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., State Celebration Commission, Missouri, 2015; Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2015. Ralph Coats Roe Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2015. Louis S. Diggs Award, Baltimore County Government, 2017. Lifetime Achievement Award, American Council on Education, 2018.
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Princeton University, 2006. Honorary Doctorate, Haverford College, 2007. Honorary Doctor of Sciences, North Carolina State University, 2008. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Michigan, 2009. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Georgetown University, 2009. Honorary Doctor of Letters, Daniel Webster College, 2009. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Harvard University, 2010. Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, 2010. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, The Johns Hopkins University, 2011. Honorary Doctorate, University of La Verne, 2012. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Bank Street College of Education, 2012. Honorary Doctor of Science, School of Medicine, Morehouse College, 2013. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Notre Dame, 2015. Honorary degrees, Mercy College, 2001; Medical University of South Carolina, 2002; Brooklyn College (City University of New York), 2002; Spelman College, 2013. Married.
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