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Miami Dade College President Nominated by President Bush for the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, February 12, 2008 - Miami Dade College President (MDC) Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been nominated to the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy by President George W. Bush and is now awaiting approval from the U.S. Senate. He received word today while in San Diego where he was recognized with the 2008 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the Center for Advancement of Racial Equity at the American Council on Education (ACE). The award was presented at ACE’s 90th Annual Meeting. In addition, he was also elected to the board of directors of ACE.

The Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy, as established by the Workforce Investment Act, is composed of 10 individuals appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Board members are to represent a variety of entities associated with adult literacy including: service providers; businesses with an interest in literacy; experts in literacy research; representatives of labor organizations; and others.

The Advisory Board's charge is providing independent advice on the operation of the Institute; making recommendations concerning the appointment of the director and staff of the Institute; and receiving reports from the Interagency Group and the Institute's Director.

This important recognition is yet another key federal appointment for Dr. Padrón who has been named to numerous presidential and federal panels during his four decade career. In fact, he has received appointments from four U.S. Presidents.

Most recently, he participated in a delegation to Chile and Brazil with U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings joining the presidents of Creighton, Stanford, Nebraska, Louisiana State, Iowa State, Maryland, California and Washington universities.

"I am so honored by this appointment because literacy is at the center of a society’s success. It’s also something my colleagues and I at Miami Dade College have tirelessly promoted," said Dr. Padrón. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members to improve literacy in America."

Last year, Dr. Padrón was also appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff to the Secure Borders Open Doors Advisory Committee to advise the federal government on improving and facilitating visa processing, entry procedures, travel document requirements, and screening procedures at the nation’s airports.

As mentioned above, promoting literacy has been a top priority for Dr. Padrón during his career. In addition to implementing numerous programs and courses at MDC aimed at improving community literacy, he is co-founder of Miami Book Fair International – the nation’s largest and finest book fair hosted by Florida Center for the Literary Arts at MDC.

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




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