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Miami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón Becomes Board Chair of American Council on Education

March 07, 2011

Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun Elected Vice Chair

Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College (FL), has been named chair of the Board of Directors of ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions.

Padrón assumed his role today during ACE's 93nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. He succeeds John Sexton, president of New York University, and will serve a one-year term. Before becoming ACE Board chair, Padrón served as vice chair.

ACE's membership also elected Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University (MA), as vice chair; and Antoine M. Garibaldi, president, University of Detroit Mercy (MI), as secretary.

"My selection as chair by my colleagues is truly an honor. This appointment comes at a time when there is much to do regarding higher education in America," said Padrón. "Our work in higher education should equip our nation with a work force ready for the challenges of a new era. Our colleges and universities are essential contributors to a strong economic recovery."

Padrón received a special commendation letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the day of his appointment.

New ACE Chair Padrón has served as Miami Dade College president since October 1995. As leader of the nation's largest institution of higher education serving more than 170,000 students at eight campuses, Padrón is nationally respected for his advocacy for underserved populations, innovative teaching and learning strategies, and focus on support for student success.

His work at Miami Dade College has been hailed as a model of innovation in higher education. In 1993, President Bill Clinton recognized him as one of America's foremost educators, and President George W. Bush appointed him to the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board. Most recently, President Barack Obama appointed him to chair the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. During his career, President Padrón has been tapped by five American presidents for posts of national prominence.

Padrón was also selected as one of TIME magazine's "10 Best College Presidents" in 2009. His other notable honors include being named the 2010 Floridian of the Year by Florida Trend magazine and listed among the "Top 10 Movers and Shakers" by Hispanic Outlook magazine.

Newly-elected Vice Chair Aoun, an internationally known scholar in linguistics, is president of Northeastern University. Under his leadership, Northeastern has strengthened its position in experiential and cooperative education by expanding these programs around the world. His commitment to fostering a research environment where faculty and students uncover solutions to real-world problems involves building innovative partnerships with industry, academia and government in the city of Boston, across the United States and around the globe.

Aoun is a fellow of the Linguistics Society of America and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves on the board of directors of the Boston Private Industry Council, Boston World Partnerships, Jobs for Mass and the New England Council. He is a member of the executive committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and Massachusetts Math + Science Initiative, and serves on the Leadership Council for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Collaborative and as co-chair of the City to City Boston initiative.

Prior to being named the seventh president of Northeastern in 2006, Aoun was dean of the University of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean's Chair.

Also elected to the ACE Board of Directors during the ACE business meeting were:

Term Ending March 2012

  • Renu Khator, chancellor, University of Houston System

Term Ending March 2013

  • Nancy McCallin, president, Colorado Community College System

Term Ending March 2014

  • Victor Boschini, chancellor, Texas Christian University
  • Philip DiStefano, chancellor, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • JoAnn Gora, president, Ball State University (IN)
  • Jane McAuliffe, president, Bryn Mawr College (PA)
  • Kevin Reilly, president, University of Wisconsin System
  • Mary Spangler, chancellor, Houston Community College
  • Wayne Watson, president, Chicago State University

Elected as higher education association representatives were:

  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Gary Rhoades, general secretary
  • Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Susan Westerberg Prager, executive director

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