October 2013
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Leader Honored for His Commitment to Education
By Brittany Jett, senior, School of Communications; intern, Office of University Communications
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Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Ph.D., president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was recognized for his longtime commitment to education during the Graduate School’s eighth annual Bouchet Forum in September. Hrabowski received the Edward Bouchet Legacy Award, which recognizes strong educators and advocates dedicated to cultivating a new generation of scholars.

Hrabowski also served as the keynote speaker during the forum, where he implored his colleagues to be passionate about mentoring and guiding students toward better opportunities. He emphasized the need to prepare students for life after college.

“Mentoring is very serious business as it allows students to connect in ways that make a difference,” he said. “Professors have to show students who spend these years in school why they should further their education beyond undergraduate studies with a game plan set in stone for each student.”

“Professors have to show students why they should further their education beyond undergraduate studies…
Named one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world by Time Magazine in 2012 and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report in 2008, Hrabowski has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and excellence. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Edward Bouhet was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from an American university, graduating from Yale University (then Yale College)in 1874. The Edward A. Bouchet Society was established by Howard and Yale in 2005 to recognize outstanding achievements, promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and to also pay homage to the Bouchet legacy. (Two additional institutional partners were inducted this year—the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.)

“We should all be inspired by his story,” Hrabowski said.

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