Doral Honors Dr. Eduardo J. Padron,
President of Miami Dade College, with Key to the City
Doral, FL – At the June 12, 2019 Council Meeting, Doral Mayor and Council presented Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, President of Miami Dade College (MDC), with the highest honor – the key to the city. The recognition was bestowed for his retirement in August 2019 after a long and accomplished career as the university's President. The Miami-Dade College West Campus is in Doral.
“Dr. Padron has been a believer and supporter of Doral from the beginning, “said Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “He had the incredible foresight to recognize Doral as the place to establish the West Campus of Miami-Dade College early on and since then, has been integral in our fruitful partnership that’s included collaboration on everything from grant programs to events.”
Dr. Padron has served as President of MDC, the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 165,000 students, since 1995. He is credited with elevating MDC into a position of national prominence among the best and most recognized U.S. colleges and universities. An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education. In 2009, TIME magazine included him on the list of “The 10 Best College Presidents.”
MDC enrolls and graduates more minorities than any other institution in the United States, including the largest numbers of Hispanics and African-Americans. As a culturally diverse community with a high population of Hispanics, Doral is proud to work closely with an educational institution renowned for its efforts in ensuring the success of these students.