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Miami Dade College Welcomes two new Campus Presidents in 2008

Dr. Anita S. Kaplan & Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez

Miami, January 22, 2008 - Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón announces the hiring of two new campus presidents. Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez is the new president at the InterAmerican Campus and Dr. Anita S. Kaplan is the new president of the Medical Center Campus.

“These outstanding educators emerged from a thorough review process that drew excellent applicants from across the nation,” said Dr. Padrón. “I am very pleased they are joining us and confident they will quickly contribute to MDC’s tradition of academic excellence and community service.”

After serving as interim president at the InterAmerican Campus for the past year, Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez now takes on the official role. Her career at the College spans nearly three decades. Previous positions she’s held include dean of academics, associate provost for college accreditation and provost for faculty initiatives. Dr. Cortes-Suarez holds bachelor and master’s in education from the University of Miami, and completed a doctorate in higher education administration at Florida International University.

Dr. Anita S. Kaplan arrives at MDC’s Medical Center Campus from Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY, where she served as executive vice president for Academic Affairs. In that role, she focused on the development of Erie’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, a specialized program in surgical technology. Dr. Kaplan has a bachelor in modern languages and secondary education from Northeastern University.  She received her master’s and doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in higher education policy, research and administration. Dr. Kaplan will begin her tenure on Feb. 15.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director

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