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Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to Receive an Honorary Doctorate from Brown University May 26

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MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, April 26, 2013 - Nationally respected education leader and Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has received many important awards and accolades during his more than four decades in higher education, but on May 26, 2013, he will receive a very special distinction from Brown University, an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) conferred during the Ivy League institution’s commencement in Providence, RI. Founded in 1764, Brown University is recognized for the quality of its teaching, research, and unique curriculum.

President Padrón 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 past chair of the prestigious American Council on Education, past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and past chair of the Federal Reserve Bank, Miami Branch. 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. In addition, he is an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations, among other organizations. President 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 inaugural “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. In fact, last year, he also received an honorary doctorate from Princeton University.

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.

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