WLRN by Jessica Bakeman
March 5, 2020
Dozens of Miami Dade College faculty members marched along Killian Parkway outside the Kendall Campus Thursday morning, some carrying a wooden coffin and others holding signs shaped like headstones.
“Rest in peace: Here lies the integrity of the presidential search,” education professor Jasmine Diaz said, reading her sign.
She and other members of the college faculty union argue that the search to replace Eduardo Padrón as president of the massive institution has been secretive and wrong-headed.
They oppose the college board of trustees’ decision to lower the standards for applicants’ academic credentials — for example, a doctorate or other terminal degree is no longer required — and question whether they did so to accommodate specific, pre-selected candidates.