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Miami Dade College’s President Profiled in Time Magazine Story on the Nation’s “10 Best College Presidents”

Issue hits the stands Nov. 13, 2009
Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, November 12, 2009 - Miami Dade College (MDC) President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, has appeared in a major Time magazine report on “The 10 Best College Presidents,” which hits the stands on Nov. 13, 2009. The report relays the major contributions these higher education leaders have made to the national college landscape.

The report lauds Padrón stating “The Cuban-born economist has helped revolutionize the role of two-year community colleges in the U.S., raising their academic stature while preserving their mission to teach underserved populations.“

Dr. Padrón is the only college president from Florida and the only community college leader profiled. Other presidents appearing on the list and in the report with him include E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University, John Sexton of New York University, Michael Crow of Arizona State University, Freeman Hrabowski of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Mark Yudof of the University of California, Oakland.

This is the second time MDC has been praised in Time magazine in recent years. A 2005 story dubbed MDC’s Honors College as an “Ivy Stepladder.”

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 U.S. at UNESCO’s 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. During his career he has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five 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 MDC have been acknowledged by the national media including The New York Times, Time magazine, Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN 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; the Collins Center for Public Policy; the Federal Reserve Board and the International Association of University Presidents.

Known for being a consensus builder, Dr. Padrón is also regarded as being someone who convinces important national and global leaders to visit the college and the community. Just recently, he received First Lady Michelle Obama for an important event of Florida Campus Compact. In the last five years, he’s invited and received the following leaders at the college – President Obama, President Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain, the late Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar, Dominican President Dr. Leonel Fernandez, and many others.

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

Time magazine was the nation’s first weekly news magazine. Its first issue hit the stands in March 1923. It is one of the most recognizable publications in the world. The full report, “The 10 Best College Presidents,” can be accessed by clicking on the following link to Time’s website -,28804,1937938_1937934,00.html.


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