2012 June 25 - 12:00 am


  • Daniel Thomas, Central Carolina Community College’s (N.C.) director of correctional educational at Harnett Correctional Institution, has been honored by HCI’s Community Resource Council with its Everett Pannie Smith Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to the outstanding volunteer of the year. Thomas has been with the college for 30 years, all at HCI. He started as a math instructor and has been education director since 2003. Thomas was recognized for outstanding volunteer work with the council. The CRC provides outreach to the community, recruits volunteers for a variety of events at HCI, promotes positive programming for inmates and recognizes superior efforts by HCI employees.

  • The Small Business Administration has honored Kathleen Mix, vice chancellor of workforce development and education at Louisiana’s Delgado Community College, as the 2012 Women in Business Champion of the Year. The award spotlights individuals who fulfill a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership. The SBA selected Mix as the district, state, and regional winner of the award. The five states in the SBA South Central Region are Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Mix’s participation and leadership in supporting small businesses, grant programs, workforce and economic development and non-traditional training is well-recognized. In her role as a leader in education and community involvement over the past three decades, she has actively supported, encouraged and secured funding sources for viable training programs targeted at building the skilled workforce pool in the Greater New Orleans area. Mix managed the first Women’s Center at Delgado Community College and implemented community programs to provide career counseling for young girls and their mothers. She is also involved with providing training programs for emerging industries such as digital media and biomedicine.

  • Florida’s Miami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón has received many important awards and accolades during his more than four decades in higher education, but he recently received a very special distinction from Princeton University: an honorary doctorate conferred during the Ivy League institution’s commencement. Founded in 1746, Princeton is one of eight universities in the Ivy League and world-renowned for its programs. Princeton’s trustees unanimously voted to present Padrón with this recognition for his extraordinary commitment to higher education. By receiving the honorary doctorate from Princeton, Padrón joins some elite company. Past honorary degree recipients at Princeton include Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, actress Meryl Streep, boxer Muhammad Ali, media figure Oprah Winfrey, director Spike Lee and former presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush. This year, singer Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, received an honorary degree alongside Padrón. Padrón has led Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, since 1995. His energetic leadership also extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the immediate past chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve; Council on Foreign Relations and the Business/Higher Education Forum. During his career, he has also been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by six American presidents, most recently as chair of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans by President Barack Obama.
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