SmartCEO’s May issue features a cover story about President Hrabowski’s leadership at UMBC with STEM education and entrepreneurship. SmartCEO publishes a bimonthly magazine about leading businesses in four major markets: Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.
The story highlights Dr. Hrabowki’s leadership at UMBC and the university’s transformation into “an innovation hub and national education powerhouse.” Dr. Hrabowski also shares ideas for collaborative leadership, drawing on his experiences working with UMBC’s faculty senate, as well as corporate and government partnerships. “The more people see that what you say you’re going to do, you do, and the more you consult with people and get their points of view, the more trust and respect you build,” he said.
Several students, alumni, and faculty members shared how Dr. Hrabowski’s vision and leadership has inspired them. CEO of Potomac Photonics Mike Adelstein ’96, biochemistry and molecular biology, told SmartCEO why he moved his company to bwtech@UMBC, saying “The way that [Hrabowski] was building UMBC was the way that we wanted to build our company. He doesn’t judge a book by its cover. If a person is willing to work hard and has shown that he has an interest and a passion for what he’s doing, he will be given the opportunity. That is the way we have done things here at Potomac.”
The article concludes with Dr. Hrabowski describing UMBC’s goals. “We want UMBC to be a caring environment, a nurturing environment where we know the students, know their strengths, but also know their challenges, have a sense of their backgrounds,” he said. “We enjoy telling students that if they can succeed here, they can succeed anywhere in the world.”
Read “How Freeman Hrabowski transformed UMBC into an innovation hub and national education powerhouse” in SmartCEO here.
SmartCEO also published an article by Dr. Hrabowski about his love for Baltimore City. Dr. Hrabowski names diversity and a spirit of entrepreneurship as reasons why Baltimore is a vibrant community for all of its citizens. Read “Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, UMBC: Why I love Baltimore” here.