When Freeman A. Hrabowski III was hired at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County at the end of 1986 as vice provost, the university's relative youth intrigued him.
"There were a lot of high-achieving people here who wanted to be rebellious and crossing disciplines and solving problems," he said. "I wanted to be a part of that story."
Not only does Hrabowski think this description still holds true, but as the school celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, he notices it more than ever.
On UMBC's first day of classes, Sept. 19, 1966, there were 45 faculty members, 35 support staff and 500 parking spaces. The college's first graduating class,...