Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to Receive Univision’s 2012 Corazón Award Friday, May 18
Award Honors Outstanding Leadership in the U.S. Hispanic Community
Miami, May 17, 2012 -
Known for his outstanding commitment to community service and the empowerment of the Hispanic community, Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been honored by Univision with its 2012 Community Corazón Award for Leader of the Year, as announced earlier this year. He will personally receive the award at Univision headquarters in Doral, FL on Friday, May 18, 2012, followed by an appearance in a special taping of the award-winning national program, Al Punto, hosted by anchor Jorge Ramos on the Univision network and airing on Sundays.
The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) has received the Community Corazón Award for Organization of the Year.
“Univision is honored to present the 2012 Community Corazón Award for Organization of the Year to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Leadership Award to Dr. Padrón, Miami Dade College’s president,” said Cesar Conde president, Univision Networks. “We commemorate USHLI and Eduardo for their commendable efforts to promote civic participation and increase educational attainment. Their unwavering commitment and contributions to the Hispanic community and future leaders in the United States make both, USHLI and Eduardo, deserving of this recognition.”
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 immediate past 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 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 “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 others. Most recently, he was awarded the “2011 Centennial Academic Leadership Award” from the Carnegie Corporation and “2012 National Citizen Service Award” from Voices for National Service.
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.
Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biology and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 88% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as a new 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision tlnovelas, and a suite of six cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, a network of national and local online and mobile sites including Univision.com, which continues to be the #1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.
For more information, please visit www.univision.net.
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, firstname.lastname@example.org, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, email@example.com, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, firstname.lastname@example.org, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, email@example.com
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, firstname.lastname@example.org, media specialist