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Miami Dade College President to Lead Association of American Colleges and Universities

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón is the first Hispanic and Floridian to Hold Important Post
Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, January 22, 2009 - In a historic move, the membership of one of the nation’s most important organizations in higher education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), has elected as its chair Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, making him the first Hispanic and Floridian to hold this key post. His selection was announced at the AAC&U’s recent annual meeting in Seattle. Last year, he served as the organization’s vice chair.

“I am extremely honored and humbled by this recognition from my colleagues,” said Dr. Padrón. “As we embark on one of the most challenging years ever for higher education, I look forward to serving with them as we advance a comprehensive agenda that will help maintain the nation’s colleges and universities as the best in the world.”

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate education. Its members are committed to extending the advantage of a liberal education to all students, regardless of their academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915 by college presidents, AAC&U now represents the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities—large and small, public and private, two-year and four-year.

AAC&U comprises more than 1,100 accredited colleges and universities that collectively educate more than five million students every year. AAC&U organizes its work around four broad goals – Preparing All Students for an Era of Greater Expectations, Educating Students for a World Lived in Common, Making Excellence Inclusive, and Taking Responsibility for the Quality of Every Student’s Liberal Education.

Members of AAC&U participate in the association's governance through the board of directors. Board officers and new directors are elected at the business meeting of the membership, held in conjunction with the annual meeting. AAC&U’s Board of Directors periodically releases official statements on issues of importance to the AAC&U community. 

The mission of the AAC&U is to make the aims of liberal learning a vigorous and constant influence on institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.  In fact, MDC worked closely with the AAC&U to implement its Learning Outcomes initiative aimed at ensuring the college’s graduates have the skills to succeed in business and life.

Dr. Padrón, who has been a leader in higher education for four decades, has been named to numerous national boards including appointments by four U.S. Presidents. He has also received major awards from leading organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Since 1995, he has served as the president of Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 167,000 students.

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