Pres. Hrabowski Discusses ACE Fellows Program in “Diverse”

A recent article about the American Council on Higher Education (ACE) Fellows Program in the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education quotes President Hrabowski. The ACE Fellows Program seeks to prepare college leaders for senior-level positions in higher education. The program has been successful in increasing the number of minority and women presidents in colleges and universities.

Dr. Hrabowski has participated in the program as a mentor, training administrators like Dr. Jack Thomas, who is now president of Western Illinois University. Dr. Hrabowski praised the mission of the program, calling it “one of those rare opportunities in American higher education that focuses on experiences that can broaden a future leader.”

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President Hrabowski Discusses College Access in Trusteeship Magazine

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski recently wrote an essay on the importance of education to the promise of the American Dream in Trusteeship, a magazine published by the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities.

In his essay, Dr. Hrabowski recounts the history of access to higher education, from the G.I. bill that enabled veterans to attend college to present-day legislation further extending access. He encourages college and university leaders to continue making education accessible to under-served populations, saying, “We must invest in our children and young people, in education, and in research if we’re to continue to grow and thrive as a nation.”

Click to read Dr. Hrabowski’s essay, “Diversity, Access, and the American Dream.”

President Hrabowski on EvoLLLution

President Hrabowski participated in an interview about innovation and the changing culture of higher education on EvoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on continuing education.

Dr. Hrabowski emphasized the importance of innovation to the success of colleges and universities in meeting student needs, and discussed the need to welcome nontraditional students. He also encouraged optimism in higher education, saying, “My colleagues and I at UMBC are determined to remain young as an institution and as people” by always focusing on new opportunities to grow.

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As USM Seeks New Chancellor, Pres. Hrabowski Affirms Commitment to UMBC

hrabowskiOn Tuesday, Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan announced his plans to retire as chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). As the search begins for a new chancellor, the Baltimore Business Journal and Washington Business Journal have highlighted President Hrabowski as an exceptional Maryland leader, recognized nationally for his commitment to helping students from all backgrounds succeed.

WBJ Managing Editor Robert Terry says our president has “proven himself a visionary,” but Hrabowksi affirms he is staying put. “I’m seeing how we are building an institution that’s a national model,” Hrabowski says. “I really do believe in UMBC.”

President Hrabowski on Student Housing Podcast

President Hrabowski recently appeared in an interview on Join the Conversation, a podcast of the Student Housing Matters blog. In his interview, Dr. Hrabowski discussed his journey to become the president of UMBC, and the importance of passion and resilience in academic excellence. He also talked about how student housing impacts academic and personal growth, saying, “what student housing allows you to do is to give people a chance to know people from very different backgrounds… to become an independent learner and most important, to open their minds to differences of all types. “

Join the Conversation features interviews with higher education leaders and authors on topics related to on-campus housing. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Pres. Hrabowski to Receive Honorary Degree from Arizona State University

hrabowskiPresident Hrabowski will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Arizona State University during their May 14th undergraduate commencement ceremony.

This honor recognizes President Hrabowski’s work promoting educational achievement for all students, regardless of background. An ASU press release announcing the honor specifically highlights his work promoting the success of students from underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, and his role as chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

President Hrabowski Participates in Launch of White House Initiative

My Brother's Keeper White House Event

Pres. Obama speaks at the launch of My Brother’s Keeper. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On Thursday, February 27, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative that empowers young men of color.

My Brother’s Keeper will partner with businesses, government officials, faith leaders, non-profit organizations and private groups. These groups have pledged to invest in programs aimed at helping men of color, and replicate successful efforts across the country.

Dr. Hrabowski, chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, attended the event along with national leaders including General Colin Powell, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Obama Hrabowski Commission Signing

Dr. Hrabowski and Pres. Obama at the signing of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Executive Order in 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

At the event, President Obama said, “Government cannot play the only – or even the primary—role… broadening the horizons for our young men and giving them the tools they need to succeed will require a sustained effort from all of us.”

Learn more about “My Brother’s Keeper” here and Dr. Hrabowski’s involvement with the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans here.

Pres. Hrabowski and Diane Bell-McKoy ’73 Named Influential Marylanders

The Daily Record recently named President Hrabowski and Alum Diane Bell-McKoy ’73, sociology, in their 2014 list of Influential Marylanders.

Influential Marylanders celebrates people who have made significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. Winners are chosen in the categories of civic leadership, communications, education, finance and more.

Bell-Mckoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities, was selected in the civic leadership category, while Dr. Hrabowski was chosen for his work as UMBC’s president in the education category. Dr. Hrabowski will also be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, as it is his third year as an Influential Marylander.

Congratulations, President Hrabowski and Diane Bell-Mckoy!

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun and NYT

Tom SchallerIn the last week of December, UMBC political science professor Thomas Schaller published a year-in-review in the Baltimore Sun, highlighting Maryland’s legalization of same-sex marriage, the rise of Gov. Martin O’Malley on the national stage, decreasing rates of violent crime and property crime in Maryland, and improvements in Maryland students’ performance on national education tests. He then recognized the achievements of UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski, who in 2012 received the Heinz Award for Human Condition and was appointed by President Obama to the new Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Schaller also appeared in a New York Times blog post by Paul Krugman, who applied the central argument of Schaller’s book Whistling Past Dixie to the issue of gun control.