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Miami Dade College President to Receive the Greater Miami Chamber’s Sand in My Shoes Award in 2012


MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, June 15, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón will receive the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s (GMCC) highest individual honor, the 2012 Sand in My Shoes Award®, for making significant contributions to the South Florida region, demonstrating through his involvement, love and dedication to our community that it is the best possible place in which to live and work.

“Eduardo Padrón is Miami. He embodies everything this award is about through his unparalleled work ethic, passion, integrity and vision,” said GMCC chair Penny Shaffer. “He joins a distinguished list of past honorees adding significantly to the luster of this group.”

“I am truly humbled by this recognition, but it is Miami Dade College that has truly made our community the best possible place in which to live and work,” stated President Padrón. “The nearly 2 million people who have studied at MDC and all the fine men and women who have labored at this institution over half a century have each left some sand in all our shoes.”

The words “Sand in my Shoes” were made famous by the legendary, late WTVJ vice president and news director, Ralph Renick, during an editorial where he referenced a letter a man wrote about not leaving Miami to return home because he had ‘sand in his shoes.’

Many of Miami’s greater leaders and luminaries are among the past recipients of the Sand in My Shoes Award® including the late U.S. Congressmen Dante Fascell and William Lehman, the late former Miami Herald publisher Alvah Chapman, developer Armando Codina, the late developer Leonard Miller and others. President’s Padron’s recognition will be presented in February 2012.

Dr. Padrón’s has served as president of Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, since 1995. His energetic leadership also extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and immediate past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve; Council on Foreign Relations and the Business/Higher Education Forum among other major national organizations. During his career, he has also been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents, most recently as chair of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans by President Obama. Padrón was also recently named one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” one of the eight most “influential college leaders” in the U.S. by the Washington Post and the “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine. He is also a past recipient of the GMCC’s Flagler Award named for Miami’s founding father and rail magnate Henry Flagler.


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