The nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will be awarded to Eduardo Padrón, the White House announced on Wednesday. Dr. Padrón is the President of Miami Dade College and serves on ACUE’s Board of Advisors.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. “He has championed innovative teaching and learning strategies making MDC a national model of excellence while preparing students for the 21st century global knowledge economy,” the announcement reads. Dr. Padrón is one of 21 recipients who will be presented with the honor at a presentation at the White House on November 22nd.
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Since 1995, Dr. Padrón has served as President of Miami Dade College (MDC), and is credited with elevating MDC into a position of national prominence among the best and most recognized United States colleges and universities. Today, MDC enrolls and graduates more minority students than any other institution in the United States, according to the White House’s announcement.
Dr. Padrón has put great teaching at the heart of the student success agenda at MDC and ACUE is proud to have him on our Board of Advisors. Please join us in congratulating him on this well-deserved honor!