TIME named President Freeman Hrabowski to the 2012 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the April 30 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Thursday, April 19, and now at time.com/time100.

The list, now in its ninth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

As TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel has said of the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”

President Hrabowski told The Baltimore Sun that he accepts the recognition on behalf of the whole campus. “My success and the campus’ success are the same,” Hrabowski said. “People appreciate what we’ve done at the university, and I enjoy telling the story.”

Hrabowski also told The Sun that he considers the TIME honor a recognition for universities and their leaders nationwide.

“I think we often take for granted colleges and universities,” he said. “At UMBC, we don’t take it for granted, we celebrate it. That celebration gives people hope. People need to hope that we can educate all kinds of students, and those students will go on to lead our nation.”

This post originally appeared in UMBC Insights.

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