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Miami Dade College President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Elected to the Board of Directors of the Important Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Padrón was previously a member of CFR but now sits on its Board of Directors, entering this Post with national luminaries that include former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Dr. Padron

Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright

Miami, June 22, 2011 - The Members of the Board of Directors of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) headquartered in New York have elected Miami Dade College (MDC) president, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, to join them on the Board. A member of CFR, Padrón enters the Board of Directors along with national luminaries that include former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, who were reelected. On the Board he joins former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright; former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen; journalist Fareed Zakaria; International Rescue Committee president and former college president George Rupp; and others. The CFR Board includes top government officials, renowned scholars, business leaders, acclaimed journalists, prominent attorneys, and a host of distinguished nonprofit professionals. The Council Board consists of 35 Directors plus the CFR President, ex officio.

There are more than 4,000 Members of the Council including Katie Couric; Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Diane Sawyer; political expert and commentator David Gergen; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; foreign policy analyst, journalist and diplomat Strobe Talbott; and others.

CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, with headquarters in New York and offices in Washington, DC, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. It carries out its mission by maintaining a diverse membership, including special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders; convening meetings at its headquarters in New York and in Washington, DC, and other cities where senior government officials, members of Congress, global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with Council members to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; and implementing other key initiatives.

President Padrón 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. He has served as president of Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, since 1995. His energetic leadership also extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and immediate past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve; and the Business/Higher Education Forum among other major national organizations. During his career, he has also been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents, most recently as chair of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans by President Obama. Padrón was also recently named one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” one of the eight most “influential college leaders” in the Washington Post and the “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine.

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