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Miami Dade College’s Board Grapples With Transparency In Search To Find New President

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The use of Freedom Tower has become an issue in Miami-Dade College's presidential search.

The Miami Dade College Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a new presidential profile, search committee and timeline to ensure a transparent process, it said, and restore the community’s faith in the board to find its next college president.

Yet none of those items were outlined in the board’s public agenda or made available to the public ahead of time.

There was a push to include preservation of Miami’s iconic Freedom Tower as a “professional pillar” in the presidential profile. Yet the trustee who started that discussion, Marcell Felipe, has held hopes that the Freedom Tower is a future home to a Cuban museum he currently chairs.

Another surprise from the meeting: The announcement of the resignation of trustee Benjamin Leon III, opening a sixth (out of seven) trustee slot for the governor to appoint and another possible board shake-up in the middle of the presidential search.

You can read more from our partner, the Miami Herald: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article238460178.html