Modesto Maidique

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Dr. Modesto A. Maidique
Born (1940-03-20) March 20, 1940 (age 74)
Havana, Cuba
Education BS MIT, MS, MIT,
Occupation Administrator
Spouse(s) Nancy Maidique

Dr. Modesto Alex "Mitch" Maidique (pronounced my-DEEK-eh, born in Havana, Cuba March 20, 1940) was the fourth president of Florida International University (FIU), a public research university in the United States with two urban campuses, more than 38,000 students and 1,200 faculty members .[citation needed] Appointed in 1986, Dr. Maidique was the longest-serving university president in Florida and the second longest-serving research university president in the United States .[citation needed] On November 14, 2008, Maidique presented his resignation to the FIU Board of trustees.[1] On April 25, 2009, Mark B. Rosenberg was chosen to succeed Maidique and assumed office on August 3, 2009.

Past president of FIU[edit]

Modesto Maidique was president of FIU for 23 years. Since the 1980s, FIU has grown to become one of the nation’s top public research universities .[dubious ] During his tenure, the Colleges of Law and Engineering and a School of Architecture were established. The FIU College of Medicine was also founded in 2006, making it one of the few US medical schools established in almost 25 years .[citation needed] The first class of medical students began their studies in August 2009.

During Maidique’s tenure at FIU, enrollment more than doubled, and the university added 22 doctoral programs and 18 undergraduate programs.[citation needed] FIU’s sponsored research funding grew from $6 million to nearly $110 million, and the institution’s endowment experienced exponential growth from less than $3 million to over $105 million.[citation needed] During this period, the university added a Division I-A American football team, gained membership in the nation’s oldest honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and received classification as a doctoral-and-research extensive university from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Under Carnegie’s new classification of 200 institutions, the university was classified as a “high research” university.[citation needed]

On November 14, 2008 Modesto Maidique announced his resignation from his post as President of FIU. On June 12, 2009, FIU's Board of Trustees voted to rename the University Park campus to the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.[2]

Professional background[edit]

Maidique was born in Havana, Cuba, on March 20, 1940, to a family with a strong tradition of public service and political involvement.[dubious ] Both of his parents were educators and his father served as a Congressman and Senator in Cuba. As a supporter of Fulgencio Batista's authoritarian rule, Maidique chose to leave Cuba after the Fidel Castro overthrew the regime. He came to FIU with an elite background in both academe and business. From 1976-1986, he held academic appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Stanford University.

Maidique co-founded the Analog Devices, Inc., Semiconductor Division, in 1969. He served as CEO of Collaborative Research, a genetic engineering company that is now Genome Therapeutics, from 1981–1983, and as senior partner in Harbrecht & Quist Venture Partners from 1984-1986. He holds three US patents for semiconductor devices.

From 1984 to 1986, Maidique was a professor of business management at the University of Miami.

Internationally recognized as a leader in higher education and management of high technology enterprises, Maidique’s expertise has been sought at the highest levels. In 1989, US President George H. W. Bush appointed him to the President’s Educational Policy Advisory Committee, and served in a similar capacity for President George W. Bush. Maidique later served on the United States Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and is a member of the Presidential Scholars Commission.

Maidique serves on the boards of National Semiconductor and the Carnival Corporation. He is past chairman of the Beacon Council, Miami’s economic development authority.

Maidique has published extensively in leading academic journals.[dubious ] He is a contributing author to ten books, and a co-author of Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, a textbook widely used at colleges and universities.[dubious ] An article he co-authored, "The Art of High Technology Management", is one of the best-selling articles published by the Sloan Management Review.[citation needed] He is also a co-author of Energy Future, a New York Times Best Seller on energy policy.


Maidique earned a BS (1962), MS (1964), and PhD (1970) in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1975. He is married to Nancy Maidique, a Phi Beta Kappa FIU alumna, and has two children, Ana Teresa and Mark Alex.

Preceded by
Gregory Baker Wolfe
President of Florida International University
1986 - 2009
Succeeded by
Mark B. Rosenberg


  1. ^ Nirvi Shah and Robert Samuels, FIU President 'Mitch' Maidique stepping down, The Miami Herald (November 15, 2008).
  2. ^ Karen Cochrane, FIU’s University Park renamed Maidique Campus

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