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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski to Keynote Bouchet Forum
Freeman A. Hrabowski

WASHINGTON (September 3, 2013) – Freeman A. Hrabowski, Ph.D., president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will provide keynote remarks at the Howard University Graduate School’s Eighth Annual Edward Bouchet Forum on Thursday, Sept. 12 in the L.K. Downing Engineering Building, Auditorium at 4 p.m.

Dr. Hrabowski will accept the Edward Bouchet Legacy Award. The award is named for Yale University alumnus Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet who, in 1876, became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in any discipline from an American university and the sixth person ever to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the Western Hemisphere.

The Edward Bouchet Society was established by Howard University and Yale University to recognize outstanding achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate in 2005. The initiative currently includes eight additional institutional partners: Cornell University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Rutgers University, University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Bouchet Forum provides an important platform to comment on educational contributions in the United States. The Edward Bouchet Legacy Award recognizes esteemed educators and advocates whose steadfast commitment and dedicated leadership to cultivating a new generation of scholars upholds Dr. Bouchet’s groundbreaking contributions to the academy. The Bouchet Society will recognize Dr. Hrabowski's invaluable contributions to education access and opportunity as the recipient of the 2013 Bouchet Legacy Award.

Dr. Hrabowski has served as president of UMBC since 1992 and is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. 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). UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which for the past four years ranked UMBC the “Number One Up and Coming” university in the nation.

The Forum will also recognize two additional institutional partners: University of California, Los Angeles and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Activities will conclude the following day at The Chicago School and George Washington University.

For more information, contact Chontrese Doswell Hayes, Ph.D., associate dean, Howard University Graduate School, at 202.806.4676.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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