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MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to receive the Poder-Boston Consulting Group “Excellence in Education Award”

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, January 9, 2008 - In recognition of four decades of work and advocacy in higher education, Miami Dade College President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, will receive the 2008 Poder – Boston Consulting Group “Excellence in Education Award” on March 12 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

“As an administrator in higher education, Dr. Padrón has been relentless in providing opportunities for young people in this country. For decades, he’s been a tireless advocate for the underserved, and an innovative and effective leader,” said Isaac Lee, Chairman of Poder magazine, a respected national business magazine with a global circulation.

The award will be the culmination of the Poder Philanthropy Forum organized in partnership with the City of Miami, the Inter-American Development Bank, Georgetown University and Miami Dade College. Past recipients of the Poder – Boston Consulting Group award include the former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, and Panama Canal Authority CEO Alberto Aleman Zubieta, among others.

Dr. Padrón has received numerous awards and distinctions during his career including the highest honors from several nations, four U.S. Presidential appointments and numerous recognitions from his peers in higher education. Most recently, he received the 2007 Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh Humanitarian Award from the Mercy Foundation and the 2007 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects for community leadership.

Previously, he received the 2005 Paul A. Elsner International Excellence in Leadership Award, Hispanic Magazine’s 2004 Hispanic Achievement Award in Education, and the Association of Community College Trustees’ 2002 Chief Executive of the Year award, among other special distinctions. In 2007, he was featured in People en Español’s list of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the world.

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