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Tech Council of Maryland Honors UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski with Lifetime Achievement Award

Hrabowski to be Honored at Black Tie Gala in Bethesda on February 29

Rockville, MD – (Febuary 22, 2012) – The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest technology and biotechnology association with more than 400 biotechnology and technology members employing more than 200,000 in the region, will honor Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), with its second annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Hrabowski will be presented the award at TCM’s Lifetime Achievement Black Tie Gala, which is taking place February 29 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The TCM Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond the excellence expected of a business executive over the course of a career by also serving the community at large. The recipient must have demonstrated generosity and compassion, along with business savvy – ensuring that his or her lasting legacy encompasses both corporate success and community involvement.

“Freeman is extraordinarily deserving of this honor for his dedication to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and for his efforts to increase the representation of minority students in STEM programs,” said Art Jacoby, TCM’s interim CEO.

Hrabowski has been instrumental in making UMBC one of the nation’s top producers of technology graduates and in substantially increasing the number of African American undergraduates majoring in science or engineering during his tenure. Hrabowski joined UMBC in 1987 as vice provost, and within a year had partnered with Baltimore philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff to create the Meyerhoff Scholars program, which provides comprehensive support and scholarships to African American men interested in science and engineering. Hrabowski became UMBC’s president in 1992, and in 1996, the Meyerhoff program was opened to students of all races and genders. Today, approximately 2,000 high school seniors are nominated each year by their teachers for one of the 60 spaces for students entering the Meyerhoff program. Hrabowski has received numerous other honors for his work. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report named him one of “America’s Best Leaders,” and in 2009, he was named one of the “Top 10 College Presidents” by Time Magazine. In 2011, The Washington Post and Harvard’s Kennedy School named him one of their Top American Leaders. That same year, Hrabowski received two of the highest honors in higher education: TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award. Among other honors, Hrabowski has received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Monitoring, and was named “Marylander of the Year” by the Baltimore Sun and one of Fast Company Magazine’s first “Fast 50 Champions of Innovation” for business and technology.

“UMBC’s achievements would not have been possible without our dynamic partnerships with the businesses that make up the Tech Council of Maryland,” Hrabowski said. “Companies have worked with us to develop state-of-the-art curricula, to research new technologies, and to prepare the next generation of Maryland workers. Such partnerships are crucial to the economic future of the state.”

About the Tech Council of Maryland

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.