Padrón, Eduardo J. - from Cuba | United States

ID: 33961
Organization: CFR-D
Country of meeting: in the year 2016-2017

President of Miami Dade College (MDC) since 1995. An economist by training, Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. After serving as a faculty member at MDC, he became the school's president in 1995. Time named him one of the ten best college presidents in 2009, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

When Padrón finished his education, he was about to take a job at DuPont, but he was still connected to his old professors at MDC, and they asked him to apply for a faculty position at the school. Since 1995, he has served as the president of MDC. The school enrolls and graduates more black and Hispanic students than any college in the nation.

In 2006, Padrón retired from MDC. He collected $893,286 in lump sum benefits and started receiving retirement pay of $14,631 a month. One month later, Padrón returned to his position at the college and was receiving his annual salary again. This practice, which has been undertaken by a number of Florida public officials, has been criticized by local media sources as "double dipping". Padrón's spokesperson said that college trustees asked Padrón to come back after he had announced his retirement. The spokesperson said that the practice is legal.

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