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MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón Tapped for the Prestigious Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Padrón joins national leaders and thinkers on the Council’s membership roster including Katie Couric, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Diane Sawyer, David Gergen, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Strobe Talbott and others
Eduardo J. Padron

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Miami Dade College president

Miami, February 26, 2010 - The Board of Directors of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) headquartered in New York has tapped Miami Dade College (MDC) president, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to become a member.

He joins national leaders and thinkers on the Council’s membership roster including Katie Couric, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Diane Sawyer, David Gergen, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Strobe Talbott and others. CFR's membership ranks include top government officials, renowned scholars, business leaders, acclaimed journalists, prominent attorneys, and a host of distinguished nonprofit professionals. Members must be nominated. 

The CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

Founded in 1921, with headquarters in New York and offices in Washington, DC, the Council takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

It carries out its mission by maintaining a diverse membership, including special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders; convening meetings at its headquarters in New York and in Washington, DC, and other cities where senior government officials, members of Congress, global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with Council members to discuss and debate major international issues; supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; and implementing other key initiatives. 

President Padrón is widely recognized as one of the top educational leaders in the world and 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. More recently, he represented the U.S. at UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education at the invitation of President Barack Obama. During his career, he has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents. 

Currently, Dr. Padrón’s energetic leadership extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the immediate past chair of the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and has been nominated as chair-elect of the board of the American Council on Education (ACE).

He also serves on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the Federal Reserve and the Business/Higher Education Forum among other major national organizations.

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