University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
January 18, 2012
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA College of Education Commemorates Founders Day
With Education Summit and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Forum Feb. 7

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

The College of Education at the University of South Alabama will celebrate 45 years of teaching, research, and service during its Founders Day, which will feature the Education Summit and a forum on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM. This event will include engaging speakers and panelists beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the USA Mitchell Center Arena.

 The presenters of this program are the Mobile Area Education Foundation and the Mobile County Education Commission. The 2012 USA Founders Day is sponsored by BP, Regions Bank, the Baldwin County Board of Education, and Business Council of Alabama.

The registration fee for the entire program will be $35 for education leaders, business/industry leaders, human resource managers, government and civic leaders. USA students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the morning program free of charge and will be seated at selected breaks in the program in sections 207, 208 and 209. Those who wish to attend the entire program, including lunch with afternoon work sessions, please register online at and pay the $35 fee. Seating will be limited.

This event will feature Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, who will give the keynote address at 11:15 a.m. Hrabowski has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by U. S. News and World Report, which from 2009-2011 ranked the University of Maryland Baltimore County the “Up and Coming” university in the nation. Time magazine has also named Hrabowski one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents.

His research and publications focus on science and math education with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Hrabowski graduated at 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he earned his master’s degree in mathematics and his doctorate in higher education administration/statistics at age 24.

In 2011, he received the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, which is recognized by many as the nation’s highest award among higher education leaders. Some of his recent honors include election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society receiving 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.

Hrabowski holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Duke and Johns Hopkins University, and he’s very involved in philanthropy. He also serves as a consultant for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally.

For more information about this event and other speakers, click here.

The USA College of Education is one of nine colleges and schools at the University of South Alabama and has about 1,800 graduate and undergraduate students. The college has awarded more than 17,800 degrees, with 85 percent of the professionals employed by public schools in the Mobile and Baldwin counties public schools, holding at least one degree or certificate from the University.


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