WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement after University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) President Freeman Hrabowski announced plans to retire at the end of this school year:
“For over 30 years, my dear friend Freeman Hrabowski has been a dedicated leader in education for Maryland’s students, pioneering programs and standards of excellence that have been the inspiration for other universities across the country. As he announces plans to retire as the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, at the end of this school year, I join in celebrating his extraordinary contributions to Maryland’s education system and the unparalleled legacy he leaves behind.
“Thanks to the hard work of President Harbowski, UMBC has garnered a stellar reputation in education. Under his thoughtful leadership, UMBC has excelled in producing diverse and capable scientists and engineers. His work resulted in a spike in graduation rates at the University and brought increased investments to the campus infrastructure. As a champion of racial equity in schools, President Harbowski has prioritized the achievements of young minority students, and, with programs like the Meyerhoff Scholarship initiative, created a culture at UMBC where all students - regardless of race or background - could thrive and reach their fullest potential.
“With his upcoming departure, UMBC will lose a giant on campus. However, I have no doubt that because of President Harbowski’s terrific work over the last three decades, the University is on a strong and sustainable path and will remain an excellent choice for students seeking a quality education. I wish my friend well in his retirement and applaud the work that he’s done for Maryland’s students.”