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MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón is Elected Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, January 28, 2008 - Continuing his trend of key federal and national appointments, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, has been elected vice chair and chair-elect of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). His election was announced at the board’s recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. making him the first Hispanic and community college president to lead this important organization.

“I am extremely honored by this recognition from my colleagues who are the most passionate and innovative leaders in higher education I know,” said Dr. Padrón. “I look forward to serving with them in my new charge to advance a comprehensive agenda for all our members.”

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantage of a liberal education to all students, regardless of their academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915 by college presidents, AAC&U now represents the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities—large and small, public and private, two-year and four-year. AAC&U comprises more than 1,100 accredited colleges and universities that collectively educate more than five million students every year. AAC&U organizes its work around four broad goals – Preparing All Students for an Era of Greater Expectations, Educating Students for a World Lived in Common, Making Excellence Inclusive, and Taking Responsibility for the Quality of Every Student’s Liberal Education.

Members of AAC&U participate in the association's governance through the board of directors. Board officers and new directors are elected at the business meeting of the membership, held in conjunction with the annual meeting. AAC&U’s Board of Directors periodically releases official statements on issues of importance to the AAC&U community.

The mission of the AAC&U is to make the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.  In fact, MDC worked closely with the AAC&U to implement its Learning Outcomes initiative aimed at ensuring the college’s graduates have the skills to succeed in business and life.

Dr. Padrón has been named to numerous national boards including appointments by four U.S. Presidents.

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