Eduardo J. Padrón
President – Miami Dade College
Eduardo J. Padrónserves as President of Miami Dade College where he is also a trustee. Dr. Padrón has served as the Chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and is currently the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta (Miami Branch). Dr. Padrón serves on many boards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the American Council on Education; the American Association of Colleges and Universities; the League for Innovation; and the Collins Center for Public Policy. In addition, he has served on the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; the board of directors of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; as the Chair of the Florida Council of Presidents; and on advisory councils for former Secretaries of State Cyrus Vance and Ed Muskie, and Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler. Dr. Padrón is nationally respected for his advocacy of underserved populations in higher education; innovative teaching and learning strategies; and focus on support for student success. During his career, Dr. Padrón has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence to six American presidents. The recipient of numerous national and international awards, he is a prolific writer with several articles and publications to his credit, and is a regular columnist for national and Florida publications. Dr. Padrón has received the highest orders of distinction from the governments of Spain, France, Mexico, and Argentina for his outstanding leadership and record of commitment to educational opportunity and cultural enrichment. He holds a doctorate in cconomics from the University of Florida and is an alumnus of Miami Dade College.