Freeman A. Hrabowski III is president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, ranked as the No. 1 'Up and Coming' university in the nation in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. Named among The Washington Post and Harvard Kennedy School's seven 2011 Top American Leaders and Time's 10 Best College Presidents, Hrabowski has received many honors for his leadership of UMBC, including the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Academic Leadership Award.
Hrabowski's research and publications focus on science and math education, with emphasis on minority participation and performance. He co-founded, with philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, UMBC's Meyerhoff Scholars Program, now a national model for advancing minority students in pursuit of advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering. He has also co-authored the books Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds.
A child-leader in the civil rights movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Four Little Girls, Spike Lee's documentary on the 1963 bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church. He graduated from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his master's degree in mathematics and his doctorate in higher education administration and statistics at age 24.