Freeman A. Hrabowski, III has served as President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, emphasizing minority participation and performance. He is the author of a number of articles and has co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds, which focus on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Academies. He also serves on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Constellation Energy Group and chairs the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Dr. Hrabowski is the recipient of many honors and awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to a number of honorary degrees, he has received the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and the Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service. He graduated at age 19 from the Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics and received his M.A. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at age 24.