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The President’s Medalist


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    Sergio Gonzalez, left, and UM President Julio Frenk

    Sergio Gonzalez, left, and UM President Julio Frenk

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2017)—Joining an elite pantheon of leaders who transformed the U, Sergio Gonzalez, the outgoing senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs, was awarded the University of Miami President’s Medal at a ceremony held Thursday at Ibis House.

    “Superior fundraiser, caring member of the UM and South Florida communities, and Hurricane for life: In recognition of your dedication and unselfish devotion to the University community and beyond, I am honored to present to you the University of Miami President’s Medal and our eternal gratitude,” Frenk told Gonzalez.

    Established by former President Donna E. Shalala and embossed with the seal of the University, the medal honors individuals for their outstanding leadership, distinguished accomplishments in their fields of expertise, and contributions to society, which for Gonzalez are many.

    During his nearly 16 years at the University, Gonzalez, who is heading to Brown University, spearheaded both of the University’s Momentum capital campaigns, raising more than $3 billion to carry out the vision he shared with Shalala and the Board of Trustees to transform UM into an elite teaching
 and research university.

    He also led the implementation of the University’s renowned split-U athletics mark as the University-wide brand and created the University’s first comprehensive parents program.

    And as Frenk noted, as chair of his Presidential Inauguration Steering Committee, Gonzalez “orchestrated a historic experience that engaged the entire University family in unprecedented ways.

    “From celebratory events and exhibits, to innovative lectures like the ’Cane Talks series, to alumni partnerships and athletics games, the week was an incredible welcome for me and my family, as well as a compelling demonstration of teamwork and the University’s capacity for achievement at the highest level,” Frenk said.

    A native son of Miami, Gonzalez’s good works extend far beyond the U and into the broader community, where he has long been active in civic engagement and community service. Before joining UM, Gonzalez served as chief of staff for the Miami-Dade County executive mayor and as a senior executive in Miami-Dade County government. He also served as the executive director of the South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee and the first executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

    In 2009 the Aspen Institute selected him as a Henry Crown Fellow, and in 2010 the Ronald McDonald House Charities honored him as one of 12 Good Men of South Florida. He also filled senior roles for the Orange Bowl Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Arsht Performing Arts Center Trust. Nationally, he serves on the boards of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy organization in the country.

    At Brown, an Ivy league college founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1764, Gonzalez will oversee advancement areas across the institution, including the Office of Development, Office of Alumni Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Office for International Advancement, the Brown Sports Foundation, the Brown Annual Fund, and others.

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