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Miami Dade College President Again Tapped to Chair Selection Panel for White House Fellows Program

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Miami, March 30, 2011 - Miami Dade College President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, has been selected again by the White House to chair the selection panel for the Southeast Region of the U.S. for the prestigious White House Fellows program; the second consecutive year he’s been tapped for this important post. He will join 11 other corporate and community leaders to select candidates for the fellowship.    

President Johnson established the White House Fellows program in 1964 stating that “a genuinely free society cannot be a spectator society.” His intent was to draw individuals of exceptionally high promise to Washington for one year of personal involvement in the process of governing the nation. White House fellows become full-time employees, working with senior staff at the White House, with Cabinet secretaries and other top-ranking officials in Washington, DC. They also participate in an education program including roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both at home and abroad.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have completed their undergraduate education. They must demonstrate excellent professional achievement in their early careers and evidence of leadership potential. For more information, visit

Dr. Padrón has served as Miami Dade College president since October 1995. As leader of the nation’s largest institution of higher education serving more than 170,000 students at eight campuses, he is nationally respected for his advocacy for underserved populations in higher education, innovative teaching and learning strategies, and focus on support for student achievement. Most recently, he was elected the chair of the American Council on Education. Last fall, President Barack Obama appointed him to chair the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. During his career, President Padrón has been tapped by five American Presidents for posts of national prominence. President Padrón has also chaired the boards of many other leading national organizations.   

He and White House Fellows selection panel members will be meeting March 31 at MDC’s Wolfson Campus to begin their screening process.

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