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Friday, 19 January, 2018

Prominent Leader in Education and STEM Promotion to Speak at AAVMC 2018 Conference

 Dr. Hrabowski
Washington, D.C., January 19, 2018
– One of the most dynamic leaders in contemporary higher education will be featured during the plenary session of the AAVMC’s Annual conference March 2-4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski will address conference attendees on Friday, March 2 during the 1:30 p.m. session.

The theme of this year’s conference, at the Grand Hyatt Washington, is “New Horizons in Veterinary Education: Addressing Opportunities with Innovative Approaches.”

Dr. Hrabowski has served as UMBC’s president since 1992. His leadership in education administration, innovation and Science, Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M) promotion for African Americans and others has attracted media attention and earned many awards and honors.

Former President Obama named him to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011).

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the human condition. UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.

He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally. He also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), T. Rowe Price Group, The Urban Institute, McCormick & Company and the Baltimore Equitable Society.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, he co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988, which is recognized as a national model. The program is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering, and advancing underrepresented minorities in these fields.

He has written numerous articles and is the author of Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, about his experiences with the civil rights movement and how they led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others. He also co-authored Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds (Oxford University Press), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science.

Hrabowski and UMBC were featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’ achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.

He holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Duke, University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Haverford College and Harvey Mudd College.

A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, Hrabowski graduated from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. He received his M.A. (mathematics) and Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.

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