Dr. Eduardo Padrón
President, Miami Dade College: Miami, FL
Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón is President of Miami Dade College. An American by choice, Dr. Padrón arrived in the United States as a refugee at age 15. Since 1995, he has served as President of Miami Dade College, a national model of student achievement and the largest institution of higher education in America, with more than 174,000 students.
An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2009, Time magazine included him among the “10 Best College Presidents” in the U.S. In 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year.” In 2011, The Washington Post named him one of the eight most influential college presidents in the U.S., and the Carnegie Corporation of New York granted him the prestigious Centennial Leadership Award.
He is a past board chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the current board chair of the American Council on Education. He has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by six American Presidents. Most recently, President Obama named him chairman of the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.
Dr. Padrón serves on the boards of the Business/Higher Education Forum, the League for Innovation (former chair), RC-2020, the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, the White House Fellows Selection Panel (chair), the International Association of University Presidents, and the Council on Foreign Relations.