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January 18, 2001

Baltimore County Recognizes UMBC President's Community and Business Leadership

Baltimore, Md. – UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III is the 2001 recipient of the Stuart M. Macht Award in recognition of a career of community and business leadership. Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger presented Hrabowski with the award at the annual Baltimore County Business Awards celebration, held at Martin's West in Baltimore, Md.

“UMBC is a major contributor to the region in terms of workforce and talent. Thanks to Freeman's leadership, the university has emerged as a national model for university-industry collaboration,” stated Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

In presenting the award, Dr. Hrabowski was cited for his efforts in furthering programs for African American students in the sciences, as well as helping to establish the UMBC Technology Center, a business incubator, and bwtech@UMBC, a 41-acre research and development park adjacent to the university campus.

Past winners of the Macht Award, established in memory of AAI Corporation President and community activist Stuart M. Macht, include Joseph E. Blair Jr., Chairman of the Board of Baltimore Life Companies and Francis X. Kelly, founder and CEO of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group.

Since becoming president in 1992, Hrabowski has seen UMBC's research dollars grow from $10 million to nearly $80 million. UMBC has also emerged as a top national and regional producer of IT degrees – responsible for nearly 40 percent of Maryland's graduates in computer science and information systems.

Posted by dwinds1 at January 18, 2001 12:00 AM