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Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón Named Chair-Elect of the Prestigious American Council on Education

Dr. Padrón continues his history of leadership in the most important national organizations of higher education
Eduardo J. Padron

Miami, March 8, 2010 - The membership of the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) announced today the election of Miami Dade College (MDC) president, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, as chair-elect of its Board of Directors, during its 92nd Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

President Padrón, who has presided over Miami Dade College – the nation’s largest institution of higher education – since 1995, 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). He also serves on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the Federal Reserve; Council on Foreign Relations and the Business/Higher Education Forum, among other major national organizations.

Padrón was also recently named one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” Floridian of the Year by Florida Trend magazine, and among the “Top 10 Movers and Shakers” by Hispanic Outlook.

President Padrón will succeed Dr. John Sexton, president of New York University, in 2011 as chair.

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón also delivered the important Atwell Lecture at the ACE meeting yesterday, Sunday, March 7, to officially commence the key gathering of national higher education leaders. Since 1997, the ACE Annual Meeting has opened with the Robert H. Atwell Lecture named for Atwell who served as ACE president from 1984 to 1996. Many renowned college and university presidents have also delivered the Atwell Lecture including Brown University president, Dr. Ruth Simmons, who has spoken at MDC, and Ohio State University president, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, who was lauded by TIME magazine along with Dr. Padrón last fall for being on the publication’s list of “The 10 Best College Presidents” in the nation. The former presidents of Harvard and Duke universities have also delivered the address in the past.

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

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