University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III has won a $20,000 prize from TIAA-CREF recognizing him for visionary leadership in higher education.
Hrabowski won the award for his "work to increase the representation of minority students in science and engineering and create an institutional model of inclusive excellence."
He is the second straight Maryland educator to win the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, named after a former president of the University of Notre Dame. Chancellor William E. Kirwan won it last year.
"Dr. Hrabowski's leadership at UMBC and commitment to underrepresented groups in science and engineering has had a powerful impact on both the Maryland system and on higher education as a whole," said Stephanie Bell-Rose, head of TIAA-CREF.
"The Hesburgh award honors those higher education leaders who demonstrate innovative thinking, a positive impact on both higher education and society and a willingness to collaborate both within and outside the university, all of which are embodied by Dr. Hrabowski's work."