Champions Series: 2021 Boyer Award Recipient Freeman Hrabowski

January 21, 2021
2:45 pm
- 3:45 pm EST


NACU is proud to present the 11th Annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. This event will take place as part of the AAC&U Annual Meeting and therefore will be open to event attendees. NACU has secured a limited number of spots for those who have not registered for the conference. The event recording will be available at a later date for NACU campuses.


2021 Ernest L. Boyer Lecture

The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Inclusive Excellence  

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), leads a campus widely recognized for its culture of embracing academic innovation and inclusive excellence. This culture has produced a number of distinctive initiatives to support and enhance teaching and learning – from infusing entrepreneurship and civic engagement into the curriculum to establishing an academic innovation fund to support faculty as they redesign courses and develop new approaches to help students succeed. Dr. Hrabowski will discuss some of these innovative initiatives in light of the challenges of the current period, focusing special attention on the important role universities must play in preparing the next generation of leaders.   


About Freeman Hrabowski

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama 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). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

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.” More recently, he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) and was named a recipient of the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019). UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, The Empowered University, written with two UMBC colleaguesexamines how university communities support academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture.