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MDC President Receives the 2008 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the Center for Advancement of Racial Equity at the American Council on Education

Eduardo J. Padrón (center) with Ricardo R. Fernández and Mildred Garcia

Eduardo J. Padrón (center) with outgoing ACE Board Chair Ricardo R. Fernández and Mildred Garcia, president of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Miami, February 13, 2008 - Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College (MDC), was recognized this week with the 2008 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the Center for Advancement of Racial Equity at the American Council on Education (ACE). The award was presented at ACE’s 90th Annual Meeting in San Diego. In addition, he was also elected to the board of directors of ACE.

The Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to diversity in American higher education.

"I am extremely honored by this very special award named after a stalwart man. I accept it on behalf of all my colleagues and students who are champions of racial equity," said Dr. Padrón.

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

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.

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