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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski to Receive ACE Lifetime Achievement Award

February 28, 2018


​Nationally recognized higher education leader Freeman A. Hrabowski, III will be presented with the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award during ACE2018​, ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting next month.

Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) for more than 25 years, will receive the award March 12 during the Monday Luncheon Plenary.

“It is an honor to bestow ACE’s Lifetime Achievement Award on one of the most accomplished campus leaders in this country, one who has made an indelible mark on his institution and the entire higher education community,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “President Hrabowski has built UMBC into a powerhouse engine of social mobility and academic excellence, particularly in the area of expanding the number of minority students pursuing degrees in the fields of science and technology.”

Hrabowski, who has been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, also will address the Monday Luncheon Plenary on March 12. He will focus on the evolution of higher education in the United States over the past five decades and the role of colleges and universities in building American society and addressing its challenges.

Hrabowski has led UMBC since 1992, transforming it into an institution that redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was appointed in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, Hrabowski co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988. The program, which is recognized as a national model, is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering and to advancing underrepresented minorities in these fields. His most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader.

ACE2018​ is the country’s most distinguished higher education event, convening nearly 2,000 leaders from deans to presidents and chancellors. It will enable institutional leaders to generate fresh perspectives for practical solutions, network with top leaders across all higher education sectors, and bring data-driven insights back to campus.

Visit the ACE2018​ website for additional information and to r​egister. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2018DC.

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