Miami-Dade College is an important anchor institution in our community. After months of searching for a replacement to retiring President Eduardo Padron, the Miami-Dade College Board of Trustees (appointed by Gov. Desantis) decided to scrap the entire process and start over. This was months of work led by a professional headhunting firm and a 17 member search committee of community leaders. A new process has not been announced, but many - including former members of the search committee and former MDC board members - speculate that the board will lower qualifications for applicants to elect a politically connected candidate as the next President of MDC. The Herald reports:
Thirteen of the 17 members of the presidential search committee wrote a letter condemning the board for discarding their months of work. “Simply put, the board’s decision is a travesty,” the letter read.
Among those members who signed the letter: United Way of Miami-Dade president Maria C. Alonso, MasTec CEO Jose Mas and Miami Foundation CEO Javier Alberto Soto.
Six of the seven of the MDC board members are recent appointments by DeSantis including Nicole Washington, former State Rep. Michael Bileca, Marcell Felipe, Carlos Migoya, Anay Abraham, and Benjamin Leon.