Joshua ben Michael Padron Appointed President of DeVry University's South Florida Metro

MIRAMAR, Fla., August 14, 2009 - DeVry University has announced the appointment of Joshua ben Michael Padron as president of its South Florida Metro area.

In his new position, Padron’s responsibility is to ensure that faculty and staff effectively carry out the mission of the institution by delivering a quality educational experience for students. DeVry University’s South Florida Metro comprises three locations: Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

Padron is a native of South Florida, earning his bachelor’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Higher Education Leadership) from Argosy University.

“With Joshua’s appointment, I’m confident that we have found the right combination of leadership qualities and higher education administration experience to lead the South Florida Metro to even greater heights,” said Julio Torres, DeVry University Group vice president for the South Florida Metro.

Prior to joining DeVry, Padron was president of Collins College in Tempe, Ariz. Previously, Padron was the campus director for Brooks College in California and vice president of admissions and marketing at Lehigh Valley College in Pennsylvania. In addition, he served as high school director of admissions for the International Academy of Design & Technology in Orlando, Fla.

“We’re pleased to welcome Joshua to the academic community of South Florida,” said Joan K. Goodrich, executive vice president of The Broward Alliance. “His experience and knowledge of the economic and academic forces of our region make him a valuable partner to help lead us into the future.”

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About DeVry University

Founded 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 85,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 90 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers.

DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, DeVry University, a subsidiary of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv or visit


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