Miami, Jan. 23, 2020 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Lenore Rodicio, has been selected as the next Vice Chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She will assume this role on the Board at the conclusion of the annual meeting in January 2020.
“I am extremely honored to serve as the next AA&CU Vice Chair,” said Dr. Rodicio. “It emphasizes the importance of two-year colleges in general and liberal education and underscores the vital work that MDC faculty and staff do in relation to the national conversation on general education outcomes and assessments.”
AAC&U is the nation’s leading association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Upon completion of her term as Vice Chair, she will serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. Dr. Rodicio has served on the Board of AAC&U since 2016.
Dr. Rodicio is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, and a familiar face on campus. She joined MDC in the fall of 2001 as an adjunct instructor of chemistry at the Kendall and Padrón campuses, and since then has held a number of positions at the college including Associate Professor, Chair of Natural and Social Sciences, Dean of Academic Affairs, Vice Provost for Student Achievement and Provost of Academic and Student Affairs.
Most of Dr. Rodicio’s work has focused on student access, success and achievement, the recruitment of underserved populations to the STEM fields, increased access to liberal education for all students and the continuous improvement of the teaching and learning process.
Her transformational work has led to significant improvements in retention and graduation, and earned MDC the 2019 Aspen Award for Community College Excellence.
Dr. Rodicio holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Barry University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Louisiana State University.
Founded in 1915, the AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. To learn more, visit www.aacu.org.