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Miami Dade College is down four campus presidents after reorganization

Clockwise from top left, MDC campus presidents that have taken on additional campuses: Dr. Malou Harrison, Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia, Dr. Richard Prentiss and Dr. Joaquin Martinez
Clockwise from top left, MDC campus presidents that have taken on additional campuses: Dr. Malou Harrison, Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia, Dr. Richard Prentiss and Dr. Joaquin Martinez

Miami Dade College has four fewer campus presidents after the school consolidated campus presidential leadership on Tuesday, the school announced in a letter from the president.

The move, which goes into effect Wednesday, leaves four former campus presidents without a job: Dr. Richard A. Soria Jr. of the Wolfson Campus; Dr. Mark A. Everett of the Medical Campus; Dr. Joanne Bashford of the InterAmerican Campus and Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy of West Campus.

The campus presidents, like all exempt MDC employees, have contracts that are up for renewal (or not) every year. MDC spokesman Juan Mendieta said their contracts were not renewed this year, but declined to discuss personnel matters any further to respect the privacy of employees.

He called the reorganization “normal” and “something that happens in a lot of larger organizations,” and noted that previous MDC campus presidents were asked to lead multiple campuses.

Campus presidents make anywhere from just over $134,000 to a little over $201,000, according to MDC records. The exact salaries of the presidents whose contracts were not renewed was not available immediately.

Bashford’s role will be taken over by Dr. Malou Harrison, who previously served as president of MDC’s North Campus. Dr. Joaquin Martinez will take over Soria’s role at Wolfson in addition to his position as Hialeah’s campus president.

Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia is the new president of West Campus, combined with her previous role at the Kendall campus. Dr. Richard Prentiss replaces Everett as the interim president of the medical campus.

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