University Day to host noted national higher education leader

Aug. 10, 2020

OSU community members,

Please join me for University Day 2020 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

In keeping with OSU’s commitment to support personal wellness and public health, University Day 2020 will be presented virtually. The day will serve as a launch to the academic year and will be complete with a powerful keynote address, meaningful discussion, numerous inspiring and informative activities, and honors recognizing amazing staff and faculty achievements.

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Freeman Hrabowski as this year’s University Daykeynote speaker. Dr. Hrabowksi’s address begins at 10 a.m. and will be provided as a Zoom webinar. His keynote will be followed by a panel discussion on the future of higher education that will end at 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. He is a distinguished educator, higher education leader and consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities and school systems. In 2012, 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 2011 report, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.”

Dr. Hrabowski was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME in 2012, and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report in 2008. He received the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in 2011; the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award in 2011; and the Heinz Award in 2012 for his contributions to advance underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. He was awarded the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, and was named a recipient of the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award in 2019. More information regarding Dr. Hrabowski and his many accomplishments can be found here.

For a complete look at the day’s events and to RSVP to participate in University Dayactivities, please visit the University Day website.

I look forward to celebrating University Day with you on Tuesday, Sept. 15.


F. King Alexander