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Miami Dade College President Elected Chair of the Board of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. Eduardo Padron1

Miami, December 6, 2011 - During his four decade career in higher education, Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has served on numerous important national boards, including those he was appointed to by six US Presidents, championing greater access to and quality in higher education, while placing MDC in the national spotlight. Most recently, he’s been elected the chair of the board of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is part of the central bank of the United States. The Federal Reserve System, the Fed, as it is often called, consists of twelve Reserve Banks located around the country. Dr. Padrón is leading the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Miami Branch Board of Directors.

Dr. Padrón’s 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 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 six 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 dozens of major awards during his four decade career including the “2011 Centennial Academic Leadership Award” from the Carnegie Corporation; “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 Award” from the League for Innovation; the “2005 Paul A. Elsner Award for International Excellence” from the Chair Academy; and 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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