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Miami Dade College President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Elected Chair of the Prestigious American Council on Education

Dr. Padrón continues his history of leadership in the most important national organizations of higher education
Dr. John Sexton, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, and Dr. Molly Corbett Broad

Outgoing Chair John Sexton passes the gavel to Dr. Padrón.

Miami, March 7, 2011 - The membership of the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) announced today the election of Miami Dade College (MDC) president, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, as chair of its Board of Directors, during its 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The Washington Hilton Hotel, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, is the meeting venue.    

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 across America. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.

“My selection as chair by my colleagues is truly an honor. This appointment comes at a time when there is much to do regarding higher education in America,” said Dr. Padrón. “Our work in higher education should equip our nation with a workforce ready for the challenges of a new era. Our colleges and universities are essential contributors to a strong economic recovery.”

President Padrón was also selected as one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents” in 2009. His other notable honors include being named the 2010 Floridian of the Year by Florida Trend magazine and listed among the most influential educators and civic leaders in the nation by several national publications.

Dr. Padrón has served as Miami Dade College president since October 1995. As leader of the nation’s largest institution of higher education serving more than 170,000 students at eight campuses, Padrón is nationally respected for his advocacy for underserved populations in higher education, innovative teaching and learning strategies, and focus on support for student success.

His work at Miami Dade College has been hailed as a model of innovation in higher education. In 1993, President Bill Clinton recognized him as one of America’s foremost educators, and President George W. Bush appointed him to the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board. Most recently, President Barack Obama appointed him to chair the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.   During his career, President Padrón has been tapped by five American Presidents for posts of national prominence.

President Padrón has also served on the boards of many other important national organizations. In fact, he has served as chair of the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the League for Innovation, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, among others.

Internationally, President Padrón’s accomplishments have also 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.

Dr. Padrón succeeds Dr. John Sexton, president of New York University, as ACE chair.


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