2012 Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
5:00pm (Eastern)
University of Pittsburgh, O'Hara Student Center, Ballroom
Corner of University Place and O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (park at )

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
For questions or concerns, please contact: Mike Depew ( or 412-624-3981)

RSVP Deadline: May 30, 2012 using .

About Dr. Freeman Hrabowski...

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies' committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

In 2008, he was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which in 2009, 2010, and 2011 ranked UMBC the #1 "Up and Coming" university in the nation.

In 2011, U.S. News also ranked UMBC 4th nationally for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" - tied with Yale. TIME magazine named him one of America's 10 Best College Presidents in 2009, and one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2012.

In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Academic Leadership Award, recognized by many as the nation's highest awards among higher education leaders. Also in 2011, he was named one of seven Top American Leaders by The Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. []