For 2017 we can not think of a more appropriate person than Dr. Padrón to be the 4th recipient of the award.
An American by choice, Eduardo J. Padrón arrived in the United States as a teenage refugee in 1961.
Since 1995, he has served as President of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 165,000 students.
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 bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.