Eduardo J. Padron
Padrón is a leading voice in American higher education and a true champion for college accessibility and affordability. Arriving to the U.S. as a teenage refugee, he went on to complete his doctorate, and, since 1995, has served as President of the largest college in the U.S. Under his leadership, Miami Dade College has reached a position of national prominence, with a culture of success and inclusion that has produced impressive results in student access, retention, graduation, and achievement. Padrón, a Medal of Freedom recipient, understands the transformative power of education — particularly for underserved students — and will provide a powerful voice in the Academy.