Statement from Miami Dade College Board of Trustees Chairman Bernie Navarro Regarding the Presidential Search Process

Miami, Aug. 28, 2019 – This Thursday, Trustees will meet to define the next steps in the process to select a new president of Miami Dade College. As Trustees, it is our duty. Because state colleges have historically been linked to the local communities they serve, Trustees are expected to involve the community and key local stakeholders in the presidential search process. Local engagement and control are central to the mission of state colleges. Therefore, trustees have been given the final say in selecting a college president. This must be respected.

During a time when emotions are understandably high, I respectfully request that members of the Miami Dade College community and my colleagues on the Board of Trustees maintain professionalism, decorum and protocol before and during Thursday’s Special Board Meeting. Civility is paramount to making progress on the issues facing Miami Dade College, an institution we all cherish and highly respect.