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Miami Dade College’s President to Appear on CNN en Español’s Latinos in the USA Special Report by the Network’s Main Anchor Patricia Janiot

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, October 22, 2009 - Miami Dade College (MDC) President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, is one of a few select national Hispanic leaders to appear on CNN en Español’s Latinos in the USA (Ser Latino in EEUU) special report by the network’s main anchor, Patricia Janiot, Monday, Oct. 26, at 9 p.m. It is channel 602 on Comcast Digital Cable. CNN is also running a similar report.

Dr. Padrón is widely recognized as one of the top educational leaders in the world and he is often invited to participate in educational policy forums in the United States and abroad. In 1993, President Bill Clinton recognized him as one of America’s foremost educators. President George W. Bush nominated him to the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board. Most recently, President Obama selected him to represent the US at a major UNESCO conference in France. During his career he has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by four American presidents. Internationally, President Padrón’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous nations and organizations including the Republic of France, which named him Commandeur in the Ordre des Palms Académiques; the Republic of Argentina, which awarded him the Order of San Martin; and Spain’s King Juan Carlos II, who bestowed upon him the Order of Queen Isabella.

Dr Padrón’s pace-setting work at Miami Dade College has been hailed as a model of innovation in higher education. He is credited with engineering a culture of success that has produced impressive results in student access, retention, graduation, and overall achievement. MDC enrolls and graduates more minorities than any other institution in the United States, including the largest numbers of Hispanics and African-Americans. He is nationally respected for his advocacy on behalf of underserved populations in higher education

President Padrón’s transformational accomplishments at Miami Dade College have been acknowledged by the national media including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and The Chronicle of Higher Education to name a few.

Currently, Dr. Padrón’s energetic leadership extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He serves on the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he is chair; the American Council on Education (ACE); the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Business/Higher Education Forum; the League for Innovation in the Community College; the Collins Center for Public Policy; the Federal Reserve Board and the International Association of University Presidents.

An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

CNN en Español was launched in 1997 providing 24 hour news in Spanish. Ser Latino in EEUU is the biggest CNN en Español initiative for 2009. This effort will showcase Latinos who have made a difference in their communities and in their fields. Dr. Padrón was selected to represent education.

Media-only contacts:
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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