Miami Dade College President to Receive Education & Academic Excellence Award Oct. 2

Miami, Sept. 28, 2021 – Miami Dade College (MDC) President Madeline Pumariega will receive the Education & Academic Excellence Award at the Latino Center on Aging’s (LCA) 33rd annual Golden Age Awards gala at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Pullman Miami Airport Hotel.

Breaking through barriers and making history, President Pumariega is the first female president to lead MDC. Her passion for innovation in higher education was born out of her own experiences, first as student and then as a longtime administrator at MDC. Prior to her appointment as president, she was executive vice president and provost at Tallahassee Community College. She also served as the first female and Hispanic Chancellor of the Florida College System, and was president of Take Stock in Children, a statewide nonprofit focused on breaking the poverty cycle through education. View President Pumariega’s complete bio here.

The Golden Age Awards were established in 1993 in New York and recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Latino/Hispanic communities throughout the world. Awards are given for effective leadership, lifetime contributions, public policy initiatives, corporate contributions and community involvement.

The Latino Center on Aging was founded in 1991 to enhance the living conditions of the Hispanic elderly through education and advocacy. In South Florida, the LCA has implemented several advocacy activities during the past nine years by organizing a South Florida Advisory Board, a South Florida Hispanic Coalition for Aging and a weekly radio show on La Poderosa 670 AM. In addition, the LCA has organized and hosted seven conferences on Latinos and Alzheimer’s in Spanish. To learn more, visit