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Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to Receive the Cuban American National Council’s 2012 Leadership Award May 18


Miami, May 17, 2012 - The Cuban American National Council (CNC) will present Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón its 2012 Leadership Award on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 8 p.m., during an awards gala banquet at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel in downtown Miami where more than 500 community leaders and dignitaries are expected to attend. The awards presentation is the conclusion of CNC’s 16th Biennial National Conference.  

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 immediate past 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 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 dozens of major awards during his four decade career including the “2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award” from the Association of Community College Trustees; the “2008 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award” of American Council on Education; the “2008 Innovator of the Year” from the League for Innovation; the “2005 Paul A. Elsner Award for International Excellence” from the Chair Academy; and others. Most recently, he was awarded the “2011 Centennial Academic Leadership Award” from the Carnegie Corporation, the “2012 National Citizen Service Award” from Voices for National Service and the 2012 Corazon Award from Univision.

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.

CNC was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1972 by a small group of Cuban American professionals concerned about the future of Cuban Americans in the United States. Initially named the Cuban National Planning Council, the Council was the first non-profit organization conducting research on the demographics, and the socio-economic needs of Cuban Americans in the United States. Today, it is a human services organization, in continuous operation for 40 years. CNC serves all in need regardless of race, nationality or ethnic background.

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