On August 1, 2022, Valerie Sheares Ashby began as UMBC’s president. Here’s how she and others have talked about UMBC’s values, leadership, and future in recent media.
“This is an extraordinary institution. It is very much true to the values that it states and very much true to the vision that it states.”
—Pres. Sheares Ashby
“Midday on Higher Ed: UMBC’s new president, Valerie Sheares Ashby”
In Chemical & Engineering News:
“UMBC’s vision is at the core of everything I value in higher education. They are the champions of inclusive excellence. They’ve done innovative pedagogy in the classroom and interdisciplinary research. They’re committed to social justice, civic engagement, and economic prosperity through this lens of being welcoming and inspiring. It just became an R1 university. Not a lot of institutions can claim inclusive excellence and being an R1 in the same sentence.”
—Pres. Sheares Ashby
“Chemist Valerie Sheares Ashby has spent 30 years working to achieve inclusive excellence“
In The Baltimore Sun:
“Under the university’s new status as an R1 research institution…Ashby said she hopes to bolster research efforts across all disciplines in both undergraduate and graduate levels. ‘We don’t need to redefine their vision; we need to live fully into it,’ Ashby said. ‘And if we do…[UMBC] will be even even further down this road of redefining excellence in higher education.’”
“UMBC names its first female president, Valerie Sheares Ashby, as replacement for long-serving Freeman A. Hrabowski III“
In The Washington Post:
“Dr. Ashby is clearly the impressive scholar and dynamic leader we need to build on the strong foundation of inclusive excellence at UMBC. UMBC is a jewel — nationally and internationally recognized for its innovative teaching and pathbreaking research. […] The Board of Regents knows this legacy will be in good hands with Dr. Ashby.”
—Linda R. Gooden, chair of the USM Board of Regents
“UMBC’s next president will be an academic dean from Duke“
Header image by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.