Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón became chairman of the Business-Higher Education Forum on Tuesday when the gavel was turned over to him at noon in Washington, D.C..
“I am honored to be the new Chair of BHEF” Padrón said in a statement. “It’s an opportune time to be part of an organization that continues to provide real solutions to address our country’s most pressing workforce challenges, and I look forward to continuing that rich tradition.”
BHEF, in its 37th year, is the nation’s oldest organization of Fortune 500 CEOs and research university presidents. The forum is dedicated to the advancement of innovative education and workforce solutions and improving U.S. competitiveness. Members work across the country to drive change locally and influence state and national public policy.
Padrón succeeds Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, a life insurance company.
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Padrón has been president of MDC since 1995. He has also served as the former chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities and on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, RC-2020, the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, the White House Fellows Selection Panel as chair and the International Association of University Presidents.