Movers & Shakers / MDC



Florida Governor Rick Scott yesterday announced the appointments of Mariana “Marili” Cancio and José K. Fuentes to Miami-Dade College’s District Board of Trustees. The appointments, which are expected to be confirmed by the Florida Senate, bring two highly regarded South Florida professionals to serve on the governing body of one of the area’s most successful educational institutions.

Marili Cancio is the managing partner at Cancio Johnson and Echarte L.P, a South Florida-based law firm whose practice areas include general counsel and title services, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation management, real estate, banking and international law.

Prior to establishing CJE, Ms. Cancio practiced law with Fowler White Burnett as a shareholder from 2007 to 2011 and as an associate from 1999 to 2003; and with Holland and Knight LLP from 2003 to 2007. Having earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern College and her law degree from Temple University, she is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Asked about the announcement, Ms. Cancio told MiamiEmpresarial that “it is an honor to have been appointed by Governor Scott to serve as Trustee of largest institution of higher education in the United States. Miami-Dade College is one of the most highly regarded colleges in the nation under the leadership of Dr. Padrón. I look forward to serving this prestigious institution and to leave it an even better place for future generations.”

Marili Cancio, who succeeds Peter W. Roulhac, has been appointed for the term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending May 31, 2015.

José K. Fuentes is the founder and managing partner of The Fuentes & Rodriguez Consulting Group. Headquartered in Miami, the firm is a leading provider of strategy lobbying, business development and solutions in throughout Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida, and in Washington, DC.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Fuentes served as the regional director of the South Florida Water Management District’s Miami-Dade Regional Office. Before joining SFWMD, he was also a special assistant to United States Senator Connie Mack, director of the Office of the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, legislative assistant to state Senator Rudy García, as well as public affairs liaison for the Board of County Commissioners of Broward County.

Mr. Fuentes has served as a board member of local youth organizations such as the Belafonte-Tacolcy Youth Center and the Miami Lakes branch of the Y.M.C.A. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University.

Contacted by MiamiEmpresarial regarding the appointment, Mr. Fuentes commented: “Miami-Dade College is a treasure to our Community. I am so proud to be able to serve both our Governor and the community in this capacity. I feel that working toward the betterment of this institution only makes Miami-Dade a better place to live and helps improve the lives of so many young people. I hope to be able to work closely with MDC President Padrón and our Board of Trustees to continue to make MDC an institution we can be proud of.”

Mr. Fuentes has been appointed for the term beginning August 1, 2011, and ending May 31, 2014. He succeeds attorney Mikki Canton.

Miami-Dade College is the largest and most diverse college in the nation. With eight campuses and more than 174,000 students from across the world, the College offers over 300 programs of study and several degree options, including vocational, associate, and baccalaureate degrees. MDC features numerous Continuing Education classes, online credit classes through the Virtual College, the New World School of the Arts, The Honors College and Dual Enrollment.

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