The 2020 Spring Meeting has been canceled in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. For more information, click here.

Each year, Region IV hosts a book club at their spring meeting as a way to bring members together and foster discussion on a common topic. This year, Region III will be joining as well! There will be a Breakfast Roundtable and Discussion Group dedicated to book discussion scheduled during the meeting!

The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success

Freeman A. Hrabowski III
with Philip J. Rous and Peter H. Henderson

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There are few higher education leaders today that command more national respect and admiration than Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the outspoken president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Hrabowski has led a community transformation of UMBC from a young, regional institution to one of the
nation’s most innovative research universities.


In The Empowered University, Hrabowski and coauthors Philip J. Rous and Peter H. Henderson probe the way senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation. They examine how shared leadership enables an empowered campus to tackle tough issues by taking a hard look in the mirror, noting strengths and
weaknesses while assessing opportunities and challenges.


The authors dig deeply into these tough issues in higher education ranging from course redesign to group-based and experiential learning, entrepreneurship and civic engagement, academic inclusion, and faculty diversity. The authors champion a holistic approach to student success, focusing on teaching and learning while offering an array of financial,
social, and academic supports for students of all backgrounds. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize the important role of analytics in decision-making. They also explore how community members and senior leaders can work together to create an inclusive campus through a more welcoming and supportive racial climate, improved Title IX processes, and career support for faculty of all backgrounds.


Ultimately, The Empowered University is as much a case study of the authors’ work as it is an examination of institutional change, inclusive excellence, and campus-community partnerships. Arguing that higher education can play a unique role in addressing the fundamental divisions in our society and economy by supporting individuals in reaching their full potential, the authors have developed a provocative guide for higher education leaders who want to promote healthy and productive campus communities.

About the Authors

Freeman A. Hrabowski III has served as the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. The author of Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, he served as chair of the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans under President Barack Obama.

Philip J. Rous is the provost, the senior vice president for academic
affairs, and a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Peter H. Henderson is the senior advisor to the president at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he is a policy fellow of the School of Public Policy.