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Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to Receive the 2012 John E. Roueche International Leadership Award

Award will be presented at upcoming 34th Annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence in Texas

Miami, May 29, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón will receive the 2012 John E. Roueche International Leadership Award from the University of Texas during its upcoming 34th Annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence May 27 – 30 in Austin. He will also serve as keynote speaker the opening day of the important gathering.

President Padrón’s has led 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 immediate past chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and 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 six 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. in the Washington Post and the “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine.

President Padrón is the recipient of hundreds of major awards during his career which began in 1970 including the “2012 National Citizen Service Award” from Voices for National Service; the “2011 Centennial Academic Leadership Award” from the Carnegie Corporation; the “2008 Innovator of the Year Award” from the League for Innovation; the “2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award” from the Association of Community College Trustees; and other honors.

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.

In addition to President Padrón’s recognition at the International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence, eight, top faculty members from MDC will receive 2012 NISOD Excellence Awards continuing the college’s longstanding tradition of regularly receiving national awards and distinctions.  

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