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Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón Receives Honorary Doctorate from Princeton University

Degree conferred for Padrón’s ‘extraordinary commitment to higher education’

Photo courtesy of the Princeton University Office of Communications. Photographer: Denise Applewhite

Miami, June 6, 2012 - Nationally respected Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has received many important awards and accolades during his more than four decades in higher education, but today he received a very special distinction from Princeton University, an honorary doctorate conferred during the Ivy League institution’s commencement. Founded in 1746, prior to the American Revolution, the New Jersey institution is one of eight universities in the Ivy League and world-renowned for its programs. Princeton’s Trustees unanimously voted recently to present Dr. Padrón with this recognition for his ‘extraordinary commitment to higher education.’

By receiving the honorary doctorate from Princeton, Dr. Padrón joins some elite company. Past honorary degree recipients at Princeton include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Meryl Streep, Muhammad Ali, Twyla Tharp, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Sonia Sotomayor, Kofi Annan, President Clinton, President George H. W. Bush, Martin Scorsese, Ella Fitzgerald, and Paul Volcker, to name a few. One of this year’s honorees is Aretha Franklin who received an honorary degree alongside Padrón.

President Padrón’s has led 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 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 hundreds of major awards during his career which began in 1970 including the “2012 National Citizen Service Award” from Voices for National Service; the “2011 Centennial Academic Leadership Award” from the Carnegie Corporation; the “2008 Innovator of the Year Award” from the League for Innovation; the “2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award” from the Association of Community College Trustees; and other honors.

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.

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