Statement of Donald C. Fry, President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski’s Retirement

August 25, 2021

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski“Freeman Hrabowski has been nothing short of remarkable in his tenure as President of UMBC and as an academic leader in the State of Maryland and the nation. He transformed UMBC from a respected local institution to a university of considerable national stature, known for its innovation, science and technology programs, and its culture of excellence. He has made a lasting impact by advancing minority participation in math and other sciences, which has paid off with a significant number of students of color earning doctorate and medical degrees.

Dr. Hrabowski’s many accomplishments, including serving on multiple boards of directors, including the Greater Baltimore Committee Board of Directors and receiving every award conceivable, could fill a book. His body of work will serve for generations as an iconic role model for emerging leaders in academia and beyond. Perhaps his lasting legacy will be the countless lives of students, professors and others in the community and across the country that he inspired and changed for the better.”


The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC’s membership is comprised of over 500 member organizations, including large, mid-size and small companies, nonprofits, education and foundations in the Greater Baltimore region.