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MDC President to be Honored at Greater Miami Chamber’s 4th Annual International Business Leadership Awards Nov. 18


Miami, October 7, 2010 - Miami Dade College (MDC) president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón will receive Special Individual Recognition from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce when the organization hosts its 4th annual International Business Leadership Awards on Thursday, Nov. 18 at Jungle Island in Miami.

Dr. Padrón was selected to receive the honor due to his commitment to international initiatives in South Florida and “his constant pursuit of the promotion of Miami as a global city – all of which make him a phenomenal international leader,” said Chamber president and CEO Barry E. Johnson. 

Dr. Padrón was selected unanimously by the Chamber’s Leadership Americas Committee. Having served as MDC’s president since 1995, 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. 

Under Dr. Padrón’s leadership, MDC has become the largest institution of higher education in the U.S., serving 170,000 students at eight campuses and numerous outreach centers across Miami-Dade County. He 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 U.S. and abroad. 

“His oversight of world-recognized events such as the Miami Book Fair International and the Miami International Film Festival has positioned this city as a global center for arts, culture and educational awareness while at the same time it has helped foster economic growth in the community,” added Johnson.

“Additionally, the establishment of the Confucius Institute at MDC earlier this year is one example of the College’s proactive response to world affairs and international business trends.” 

Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Padrón has served on a multitude of national boards and commissions, and his energetic leadership extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations that include the Association of American Colleges & Universities where he is the immediate past chair; the American Council on Education where he is vice-chair and chair-elect; Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and many others. In fact, he’s been appointed to important boards by five U.S. Presidents

Internationally, Dr. Padrón’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous nations and global 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. 

The Chamber’s International Business Leadership Awards is presented in the fall during the Americas Linkage Conference. The event aims to recognize individuals and businesses engaged in international activities, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, that significantly impact the economy of the state of Florida.  Awards are presented to both small and large businesses in each of the following categories: Business Retention & Expansion; Education & Training; Entrepreneurship; Innovation & Innovative Practices; Joint Ventures; and Philanthropic & Community Leadership. 

In addition to this latest recognition, in 2009, TIME magazine included President Padrón on the list of “The 10 Best College Presidents” and earlier this year, Florida Trend magazine named him “the 2010 Floridian of the Year.” He is the recipient of many other distinctions and honors especially for advocating for the nation’s underserved and their access to quality higher education.

For more information about the Chamber’s 4th Annual International Business Leadership Awards, contact Juan Gonzalez at 305-577-5477 or or visit


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