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MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to Receive Golden Eagle Award from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce June 6

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, May 13, 2013 - A champion for equal rights and education, Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón will be presented with the Golden Eagle Award at the 19th Annual South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (SFLHCC) installation luncheon on Thursday, June 6.

The SFLHCC’s Golden Eagle Award recognizes individuals who cherish and fight for freedom and equality.

Dr. Padrón has served as president of Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, since 1995. His energetic leadership also extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and immediate past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve; Council on Foreign Relations and the Business/Higher Education Forum among other major national organizations. During his career, he has also been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American Presidents, most recently as chair of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans by President Obama. Padrón was also recently named one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” one of the eight most “influential college leaders” in the U.S. in the Washington Post and the “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine.

President Padrón is the recipient of dozens of major awards during his four decade career including the “2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award” from the Association of Community College Trustees; the “2008 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award” of American Council on Education; the “2008 Innovator of the Year” from the League for Innovation; the “2005 Paul A. Elsner Award for International Excellence” from the Chair Academy; and others.

Internationally, President Padrón’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous nations and organizations including the Republic of France, which named him Commandeur in the Ordre des Palms Académiques; the Republic of Argentina, which awarded him the Order of San Martin; and Spain’s King Juan Carlos II, who bestowed upon him the Order of Queen Isabella.

“It is our great pleasure and privilege to be presenting the chamber’s Golden Eagle Award to Dr. Eduardo Padrón,” said SFLHCC’s President and CEO Liliam M. Lopez. “The Gold Eagle award represents justice, power, strength and perfection.  Dr. Padrón is a true representation of these qualities for being a leader who stands out in our community, as a person who believes in the ideals of a good education for all students regardless of race, creed, gender or financial status.”

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