Modesto Maidique

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Dr. Modesto A. Maidique
Born (1940-03-20) March 20, 1940 (age 77)
Havana, Cuba
Education BS MIT, MS, MIT,
Occupation Administrator

Dr. Modesto Alex "Mitch" Maidique (pronounced /maɪdiːkɛ/, born in Havana, Cuba March 20, 1940) was the fourth president of Florida International University (FIU), a public university in the United States. 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. 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. The first class of medical students began their studies in August 2009.

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. Maidique is a Phi Beta Kappa FIU alumni, 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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