GBC honors UMBC’s Hrabowski with Regional Visionary Award


BALTIMORE, Md. – During its May 15 annual meeting, the Greater Baltimore Committee presented University of Maryland Baltimore County president Freeman A. Hrabowski with the Regional Visionary Award for outstanding contributions to improving the region.

“In his 20 years as president of UMBC, Hrabowski grew the university from a small commuter college to a top engineering and science school that serves many students in the black community, an accomplishment that earned him a spot in the Top 100 Most Influential People in Time magazine,” GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry said in presenting the award to Hrabowski.

Always a high achiever, Hrabowski finished college at 19 and received his Ph.D. at 24 years of age. In 2008, he was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2009, he was named one of the 10 Best College Presidents by Time.

Since 1997, the GBC has presented Regional Visionary Awards to individuals that have significantly contributed to the betterment of the greater Baltimore region. The award has been presented to political, education and business leaders for their vision and roles in improving the region. Past recipients have included Walter Sondheim, Chip Mason, George Roche, Governor Martin O’Malley, Willard Hackerman, and last year’s awardee – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

For photos of the event, visit GBC’s Facebook page.

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