FIU Trustees make Maidique President Emeritus
MIAMI (June 12, 2009) – The Florida International University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to rename the institution’s southwest Miami-Dade County campus Maidique Campus in honor of Modesto A. Maidique’s 23 years of service as president of FIU.
Trustees also were unanimous in their decision to confer upon him the title of President Emeritus, citing his “dynamic and dedicated leadership”.
“For more than two decades, President Maidique has demonstrated his strong, passionate and unyielding commitment to FIU, leading this university’s historic transformation,” said Board of Trustees Chairman David Parker. “The board’s actions are an expression of our gratitude for his tremendous contributions to FIU and the community at large.”
FIU opened its doors in 1972 in the shadows of an old airport control tower in what eventually became known as University Park.
In renaming the campus, trustees highlighted Maidique’s contributions in transforming that abandoned airfield into a premier urban public research university. In more than two decades as president, FIU has tripled in physical size, from just a few structures to 109 buildings; doubled enrollment to almost 40,000 students; added 22 new doctoral programs and 18 undergraduate programs; and seen its endowment surpass $100 million and its research expenditures grow from about $6 million to nearly $110 million.
“Two decades ago, my dream was to transform FIU into a major urban public university,” Maidique said. “This university now has all the major components in place to join the ranks of the nation’s top universities. This honor is the pinnacle of this incredible journey.”
Under his leadership, the university also has established accredited the Colleges of Law, Engineering, Architecture and Public Health, all headquartered at the 344-acre Maidique Campus. In August 2009, the FIU College of Medicine, also housed at the newly named Maidique Campus, will welcome its first class of 43 students from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants.
“As a student, there will be no greater pleasure than to attend classes at the Modesto Maidique Campus,” said Student Government Association-Maidique Campus President Anthony Rionda.
Maidique will step down as president on Aug. 3 and will continue his service as a Professor of Management in the FIU College of Business Administration as well as Executive Director of the Center for Leadership.
A renaming ceremony will be scheduled in the fall.