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Dr.Valerie Sheares Ashby Named Next President of UMBC

EAGB shares our congratulations with UMBC and a warm welcome to Dr. Valerie Ashby as she is named the incoming president of UMBC, succeeding Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. Dr. Ashby, who currently serves as the Dean of Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, becomes the first female president of the University. “It is an incredible honor to be asked to lead a university that has excelled in so many ways that are essential both nationally and to me personally – particularly in regard to foregrounding inclusive excellence,” said Dr. Ashby. Her presidency will begin on August 1. To learn more about the selection process and Dr. Ashby, visit,

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