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Miami Dade College President Honored with the 2011 Children’s Hero Award

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Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, MDC student Brenda Miranda, and MDC Trustee Robert Fernandez.

Miami, October 20, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón was honored recently with the Family Resource Center of South Florida’s 2011 Children’s Hero Award

The award honors a community leader who has shown incredible foresight and leadership in providing services and access to youth who have suffered child abuse and neglect in Miami-Dade County. Each MDC campus has a dedicated academic counselor for youth aging out of the foster care system, an effort made possible through Dr. Padrón’s leadership.

The Family Resource Center of South Florida champions the rights of children to grow up in a healthy and safe environment. The organization was founded by a group of concerned citizens, with the mission to help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect through the strengthening of families.

Dr. Padrón is nationally respected for his advocacy on behalf of underserved populations in higher education. 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; Council on Foreign Relations 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 U.S. in the Washington Post and the “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine.

President Padrón is the recipient of hundreds of major awards during his four decade career including the “2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award” from the Association of Community College Trustees; the “2008 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award” of American Council on Education; the “2008 Innovator of the Year” from the League for Innovation; the “2005 Paul A. Elsner Award for International Excellence” from the Chair Academy; and many others.

Internationally, President Padrón’s accomplishments have 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.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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