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Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
MSA SC 3520-11591


Born in Birmingham, Alabama, 1950. Parents Maggie G. and Freeman A. Hrabowski. Graduated, Hampton Institute, B.A., mathematics, 1970; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., mathematics, 1971; Ph.D., higher education administration/statistics, 1975. Married, Jacqueline (Jackie).

Professor, Alabama A&M, 1976. Professor and dean, Coppin State College, 1977-1983; Vice-President for Academic Affairs, 1983-87. Vice-Provost, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1987-90; Executive Vice-President, 1990-93; President, 1992-present.

Member, Governor's Commission on State Taxes and Tax Structure, 1987-90. Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1992-present. Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, 1992-2006. Member, State Information Technology Board, 1993-96; Maryland Education Council, Education Commission of the States, 1999-2005; 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 chair, Maryland Humanities Council; Governor's Transition Policy Group on Education. Former member, Governor's Maryland Economic Growth Task Force. Former president, Council of University System Presidents.

Consultant, National Science Foundation; National Institutes of Health; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Department of Education. Board of Directors, University System of Maryland Foundation, 1992-present. Board member, American Council on Education; Baltimore Community Foundation; Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; American Association of Colleges and Universities; Baltimore Equitable Society; Casey Family Grants Program; Center Stage; Constellation Energy Group; Maryland Business Roundtable for Education; McCormick and Company, Inc.; Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company; Merrick and France Foundations; Maryland High Technology Council; Washington/Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition. Co-founder, Meyerhoff Program (for African American scientists), 1989. Co-author, Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African-American Males (1998); Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African-American Young Women (2001). Marylander of the Year, Baltimore Sun, 1999. Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, 1999. Speaker's Medallion, House of Delegates, 2004. Influential Marylanders in Education, Daily Record, 2007. Baltimore's Extraordinary Technology Advocate Award. Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Henry A. Rosenberg, Sr. Distinguished Citizen Award, Boy Scouts of America. Andrew White Medal, Loyola College of Maryland. Hatikvah Award, Jewish National Fund. Educator Achievement Award, National Science Foundation. Outstanding Science Educator Award, Eli Lilly and Company. Golden Torch Academic Visionary Award, National Society of Black Engineers. Fast 50 Champions of Innovation, Fast Company. Honorary degree, Medical University of South Carolina; Binghamton University; Brooklyn College (City University of New York); Mercy College. Recipient, First Citizen Award, 2010.

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