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"This is an honor for all of us at UMBC. People are impressed by the UMBC story. We have become a great model for 21st-century higher education."

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

U.S. News & World Report Names President Freeman Hrabowski to "America's Best Leaders" List

December 3, 2008 – UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Leaders 2008" list. A collaborative effort between U.S. News and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, the Best Leaders awards recognize ability to set direction, achieve results and cultivate a culture of growth.

Others named to the list include neurosurgeon Ben Carson of the Johns Hopkins University, founder Jeff Bezos, Children's Defense Fund President Marion Wright Edelman, jazz musician Herbie Hancock and the biologist and Nobel Laureate David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology.

In the "America's Best Leaders 2008" issue, U.S. News reported that President Hrabowski has established at UMBC "a dramatic increase in the number of technologically advanced graduates of all races and genders." The Meyerhoff Scholars Program, for example, is hailed as a national model for preparing students of all backgrounds for careers in science and engineering-related fields. Meyerhoff Scholars are twice as likely to graduate with a science or engineering major than students who decline the scholarship offer. Their GPAs in science, math and engineering are higher, and they are significantly more likely to enroll in a graduate program in these fields. Currently, 200 Meyerhoff alumni have completed graduate degrees, and 250 more are in graduate and professional programs.

UMBC is also a leader in increasing the number of women university faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The University's ADVANCE program, funded by the National Science Foundation, has helped to increase the number of female tenured and tenure-track STEM faculty at UMBC by 50 percent over the past five years. In addition, The Center for Women and Information Technology Scholars Program seeks to address the problem of women's underrepresentation in information technology, promote gender equality and enhance IT and engineering opportunities for women.

President Hrabowski has led the UMBC campus since May 1992. In the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide, UMBC was named an "up-and-coming" campus by college presidents and provosts across the nation. UMBC is among the Top 5 national universities recognized as innovators, with George Mason, Clemson, University of Southern California and Arizona State University.

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