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Governor Appoints Two New Trustees to Miami Dade College’s District Board


Miami, August 11, 2011 - Florida Governor Rick Scott recently appointed two new trustees to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) District Board, Mariana “Marili” Cancio and Jose K. Fuentes.

Ms. Cancio practices law and is the managing partner at Cancio Johnson and Echarte. She specializes in corporate, real estate and international law and serves as general counsel to leading Hispanic-owned construction companies. In addition, she is very active on several community boards. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern College and a law degree at Temple University.

Mr. Fuentes serves as the principal for The Fuentes & Rodriguez Consulting Group, a governmental affairs firm that specializes in environmental and water resources throughout the state of Florida. The firm represents both private and public clients on these issues. He also spent 17 years in the public sector in several positions, including director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs for the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, special assistant to Senator Connie Mack and regional director of the South Florida Water Management District’s Miami-Dade Regional Office. Mr. Fuentes is also very active in the community. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University.

Leaving the District Board with expiring terms are Peter Roulhac and Mikki Canton who made significant contributions to the Board and the college, and were especially tireless advocates for its students.

“Outgoing Trustees Roulhac and Canton will surely be missed, but will always be part of the MDC family. They have our deepest gratitude for their years of loyal service,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “We also warmly welcome new Trustees Cancio and Fuentes who are both outstanding community leaders and longtime supporters of Miami Dade College. In fact, both have been students at MDC.”

The other able members of the MDC District Board are Helen Aguirre Ferré, Armando J. Bucelo Jr., Marielena A. Villamil, Benjamin León III and Robert H. Fernández.

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 175,000 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, engineering, film, 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 Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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