National Higher Education Leader Freeman Hrabowski Named ACE Centennial Fellow
June 27, 2022

​​ACE is proud to announce that Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the longtime University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) president and innovative national higher education leader, will serve as an ACE Centennial Fellow. 

Freeman Hrabowski

Freeman A. Hrabowski III
ACE Centennial Fellow

Hrabowski retires ​from UMBC this summer after more than three decades of visionary leadership that transformed the lives of tens of thousands of students and turned his institution​ into a national research powerhouse and exemplar of inclusive excellence. UMBC recently established the Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Endowment for Student Excellence, a signature program that will increase access and affordability for undergraduate students with financial need and commitment to community service.

In keeping with his accomplishments at UMBC, Hrabowski’s emphasis as the inaugural ACE Centennial Fellow will be on how colleges and universities can ensure that all types of learners, from first-generation students to adults looking to restart a career, are able to access higher education and earn a degree. His appointment begins Aug. 1.

Hrabowski’s portfolio during his two-year tenure will be as wide as he wants to make it, said ACE President Ted Mitchell.

“There is no better-equipped person in American higher education than Freeman Hrabowski to find new and better ways for ACE and all of our institutions to best serve our students and the nation,” Mitchell said. “While he is an ACE Centennial Fellow, his work here will not involve an assignment to advance the interests of ACE specifically. Rather, we have invited him to promote the interests and needs of the entire higher education community and our students, especially those learners who are often forgotten or neglected.”

“This is an amazing opportunity to continue focusing on student success and culture change. I am looking forward to working closely with Ted Mitchell, other ACE colleagues, and educators from across the country as part of this effort to create and sustain nurturing academic environments on our campuses,” said Hrabowski.​

“ACE’s vision is for a vibrant democratic society that relies on postsecondary education to expand knowledge, equity, and social progress, and our mission is to help accomplish that by mobilizing the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice,” said ACE Senior Vice President Derrick Anderson, who leads the Council’s Education Futures division. “Freeman is the right person at the right time to help ACE and the entire field look at where we need to be not just around the corner but years and generations down the road.”