Miami, Nov. 16, 2020 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Lenore Rodicio has been elected to the 114th Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), an association representing more than 400,000 employees of member companies and widely recognized and respected for its extraordinary record of economic development and community improvement for more than a century. Dr. Rodicio officially joined the board today in a virtual ceremony.
As a board member, Dr. Rodicio will support the GMCC’s mission to help members grow, improve and protect their companies and to building the best environment for businesses in the Americas, as well as improve the economic vitality of South Florida by educating and advocating for solutions to members’ business needs.
“It is a great honor to join the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, such a prestigious and longstanding pillar of support for the community,” Dr. Rodicio said. “I look forward to helping South Florida’s businesses grow and thrive.”
A nationally recognized leader in higher education, 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. Today, MDC’s retention and graduation rates for all students, and in particular for minority students, exceed the national average. These improved outcomes have positioned MDC as first in the state and among the top four institutions nationally in increasing the economic mobility of its students.
The recipient of many accolades, most recently, Dr. Rodicio was honored with the Hispanic Leadership Award presented by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, she was selected as a Miami Herald Influencer in recognition of her role and voice in higher education and named one of South Florida’s influential businesswomen by South Florida Business Journal in 2018. In 2017, she was named the In the Company of Women Outstanding Woman in Education Honoree by the Miami-Dade Commission for Women of Miami-Dade Parks. Dr. Rodicio also serves as a board member for the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, which supports the nation’s third-largest park system.
As the voice of business in South Florida, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce involves the private sector in community leadership to enhance the economic opportunities and quality of life in the area; while partnering with the community’s economic development and tourism agencies and their initiatives to make our Greater Miami a better place to live, work and play. Its program of work is organized in six areas: Community and Industry Growth, Governmental Affairs, International Business, Leadership Programs and Marketing & Member Services. The Greater Miami Chamber is a proactive chamber, regularly getting engaged in issues important to its member companies and individuals. It is primarily funded by membership dues, allowing it an independent presence in the community. For more information, visit www.miamichamber.com.