Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the longtime president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County whose trailblazing work in educating minority students in the sciences has catapulted the university onto the national stage, has been recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world.
Hrabowski will join a renowned crowd of dignitaries, foreign heads of state, celebrities, activists and other reformers on Time magazine's 2012 Top 100 Most Influential People, due to be released Wednesday.
The 61-year-old mathematician, who has led UMBC for two decades, will join the ranks of notable figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, and the Baltimore-born creator of "Mad Men," Matthew Weiner, who all made the list last year.
"I accept this as a wonderful award on behalf of the whole campus," Hrabowski said. "My success and the campus' success are the same. People appreciate what we've done at the university, and I enjoy telling the story."