HAMPTON, Va. (September 30, 2018) - On Sunday, September 30, 2018, Hampton University recognized the generosity of Hampton University alums Dr. and Mrs. Freeman Hrabowski with the naming and dedication ceremony of The Freeman and Jacqueline Hrabowski Student Success Center. The Hrabowski’s recently donated $100,000 to their alma mater in tribute to Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and First Lady Norma B. Harvey’s 40 years of service.
“The Hrabowskis have given a seven figure gift to this university and most recently a $100,000 gift. They truly believe in giving back to their alma mater and I am just as pleased as I can be that I could be in a position to recommend to the board of trustees that we name this building in their honor,” said President Dr. William R. Harvey. “I want to let Freeman and Jacqueline know that the board voted unanimously and once again we are honored.”
Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ Committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”
“I give you words about choice from philosopher Aristotle. He said, ‘Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.’ Then he said, and students I want you to remember this, ‘Choice not chance determines destiny.’ Hampton, you have chosen well because you always choose excellence and for that, we will be forever grateful,” said Dr. Hrabowski.
Mrs. Jacqueline C. Hrabowski retired in 2009 as Vice President of Corporate Community Involvement at T. Rowe Price. Mrs. Hrabowski is currently an active community volunteer and advocate of mentoring and child development initiatives. A trustee of the Abell Foundation, she is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. She has received numerous awards, including being named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
“The Hampton experience made us feel very special. It prepared us to work hard, to give back and to let our lives do the singing. For that, we are eternally grateful. I want to thank you for this fantastic honor,” said Mrs. Hrabowski.
The Hampton University Student Success Center helps new students navigate through their first year of college and beyond with an Individual Plan for Academic Success (I-PASS). In addition to academic support, the center provides counseling, tutoring services and encourages fruitful engagement between students and faculty. A $600,000 grant from The Mellon Foundation funded the center.