In case you haven’t noticed, we often like to use this blog to boast about all great things UMBC-related. This week I couldn’t resist touting the recent U.S. News & World Report declaration that our President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, is one of our country’s best leaders. Of course, we at UMBC already know how much Dr. Hrabowski has done both for UMBC and for the world of higher education. We often gush about his incredible speaking ability, his powerful and positive presence on campus, and, oh yeah, the fact that he played a role in the civil rights movement while many kids his age were stressing about acne and later received his PhD at the ripe old age of 24.
You may have already seen Dr. Hrabowski speak on campus, at myriad events across the country, or on our website. Check out, for example, his speech at the Meyerhoff 20th Anniversary Symposium (if you’re not already familiar with the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, you can read more about it in the article about Dr. Hrabowski and of course on the Meyerhoff website). If you attend UMBC, you’ll likely get to know Dr. Hrabowski quite well. He’s wont to stop students he passes on campus to ask them how things are going. You’ll see his influence all over campus, from the great professors he’s brought here to teach you to the research funding he’s determined to offer you. Of course, UMBC is full of outstanding faculty and staff, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are led by such an inspiring leader. No wonder U.S. News & World Report was eager to sing his praises.
The U.S. News & World Report article about Dr. Hrabowski focuses on math and science programs here at UMBC, but keep in mind that Dr. Hrabowski fully supports all the great programs we offer here, from the Visual Arts to the Humanities to the Sciences. He will admit, however, that he has a soft spot in his heart for math, a love which I will never comprehend, but nonetheless respect. Whether you share that love of numbers or not, you should know that if you decide to attend UMBC, you’ll have the support of a President who will inspire you to reach beyond the goals you’ve already set for yourself.