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Miami Dade College’s President Named “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend Magazine

His second major recognition in as many months
Eduardo J. Padron

Miami Dade College President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, December 16, 2009 - For the second time in two months, Miami Dade College (MDC) President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, has received major recognition from a major publication. Florida Trend magazine has named him “Floridian of the Year” in its January 2010 issue for his significant contributions to the Sunshine State during 2009.

More specifically, the publication credits him for having earned the ear of President Barack Obama and steering the national debate, emphasizing the importance of community colleges in the national economic recovery.

In November 2009, TIME magazine named Dr. Padrón one of “The 10 Best College Presidents.”  

To name its first Floridian of the Year, Florida Trend’s editorial staff considered newsmakers “who had big impacts on the state during 2009 and embodied the year’s dominant trends,” said Publisher Andrew Corty. 

Featured on the cover of the issue, President Padrón is lauded by Florida Trend as a relentless advocate for community colleges. “Padrón has helped shape education policy in a meaningful way and has brought increased attention to the role community colleges play in educating the state’s workforce,” the magazine said. In addition to naming Padrón Floridian of the Year, the magazine’s January issue also includes coverage of 2009’s most significant newsmakers and trends.


Since 1995, Dr. Padrón has served as president of MDC, the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 170,000 students. He is widely recognized as one of the top educational leaders in the world and is often invited to participate in educational policy forums in the United States and abroad.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton recognized him as one of America’s foremost educators. President George W. Bush nominated him to the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board. More recently, he represented the U.S. at UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education at the invitation of the Obama Administration. During his career he has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents. 

Padrón’s pace-setting work at the College has been hailed as a model of innovation in higher education. He is credited with engineering a culture of success that has produced impressive results in student access, retention, graduation, and overall achievement. MDC enrolls and graduates more minorities than any other institution in the United States, including the largest numbers of Hispanics and African-Americans.

He is especially respected for his advocacy on behalf of underserved populations in higher education. President Padrón’s transformational accomplishments at Miami Dade College have been acknowledged extensively by the national media including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, TIME magazine, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Miami Herald and The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Currently, Padrón’s energetic leadership extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He chairs the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He also serves on the boards of American Council on Education (ACE); Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Business/Higher Education Forum; League for Innovation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 

An economist by training and MDC graduate, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida Trend is the state’s source of news and insight on Florida business. The magazine is read by more than 150,000 Florida executives, civic leaders and government officials.

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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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