During his 20-year tenure as president of UMBC, Freeman Hrabowski has helped students of all backgrounds pursue degrees in arts, humanities and the sciences.

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During his 20-year run as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Freeman Hrabowski has transformed a young university into a research institution recognized as one of the most innovative in the country. His goal: continue building a campus that’s first-rate in research and instruction, and that prepares students of all backgrounds for success.
 
Hrabowski cofounded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program for high-achieving minority students in science and engineering; the program has become a national model. Hrabowski frequently writes about minority participation and performance in these areas. He advises President Obama on educational issues and consults for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Academies. A tireless educator, leader and mentor, Hrabowski was named one of world’s most influential people in 2012 by Time magazine.

What others say

"This midsize state university has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative schools in the country." — 60 Minutes, November 13, 2011

Freeman Hrabowski’s TED talks

Freeman Hrabowski on the TED Blog

Culture

5 powerful talks about the quest for equality in the United States

April 8, 2013

Freeman Hrabowski was a 9th grader in Birmingham, Alabama, when he heard a dynamic, impassioned speaker at church — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time, King was organizing a march for children, and Hrabowski begged his parents to let him be a part of it. Hrabowski won their blessing to march in the […]

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The Spark: Speakers in Session 3 at TED2013

February 26, 2013

An indefinable quality lies at the heart of any successful idea or project … a spark of intuition, genius or insight that acts as the driver of all later action. Our speakers in this session all possess such a spark, from the educator who’s made it his mission to help high-achieving minority students to a […]

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Quotes from Freeman Hrabowski

It's hard work that makes the difference. I don't care how smart you are or how smart you think you are. Smart simply means you're ready to learn.
Freeman Hrabowski
TED2013 • 658K views Apr 2013
Inspiring, Persuasive
Sometimes when people do things that are courageous, it doesn't really mean that they're that courageous — it simply means that they believe it's important to do it.
Freeman Hrabowski
TED2013 • 658K views Apr 2013
Inspiring, Persuasive
Most people don't realize that it's not just minorities who don't do well in science and engineering — quite frankly, you're talking about Americans.
Freeman Hrabowski
TED2013 • 658K views Apr 2013
Inspiring, Persuasive