Freeman Hrabowski was news last month when he announced his plan to retire. After three decades as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Hrabowski will resign at the end of the academic year. As one of the majority of the dynamic leaders in US higher education, Hrabowski turned the relatively new, the four-year public university in a flourishing research institution and challenged the narrative that only prestigious, rich institutions can offer quality education .

Today UMBC graduates to the blackiest students who are going to win doctorates in natural sciences and techniques than any other American institution. The University has increased its six-year graduation rate for first-year full-time students 55.7 percent to 69.2 percent in the last 10 years. Investment in campus infrastructure has also skyrocketed during the Hrabowski mandate, from $ 118 million per year at $ 1.2 billion.

Inside Higher ED recently spoke with Hrabowski about his management, leadership strategies and his post-umbc plans.

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