Skip to Main Content

Honors Leadership Speaker Series: Dr. Modesto A. Maidique

This is a past event.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

RDB - Rafael Diaz-Balart Law Building, RDB 1100
11200 SW 8th ST 33199, Rafael Diaz-Balart Law Bldg, Miami, Florida 33199

This event is open to the public. You can register and find more information here

Join us for the fourth edition of the Honors Leadership Speaker Series by welcoming our special guest, none other than our President Emeritus, Dr. Modesto A. Maidique.

Dr. Maidique will be speaking on leadership, the views and perspectives he has formed over the years, as well as what his framework is for "Virtuous Leadership."

Encompassing an extensive set of experiences as an academic, businessman, venture capitalist, and former President of FIU, Dr. Maidique will share what he believes to be the most impactful characteristics of a leader.

Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, Ph.D. served as President of Florida International University for 23 years, becoming the first Cuban-American to lead an American university. During his tenure, Dr. Maidique founded the Schools of Engineering, Law, Public Health, and Medicine, and he added a Division I-A football team and a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Under his leadership, FIU tripled in physical size and grew to 40,000 students.

Prior to FIU, Dr. Maidique held academic appointments at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. For the 2010-2011 academic year, Dr. Maidique returned to Boston, where he served as Visiting Professor in Leadership at the Harvard Business School. A co-author of Energy Future, a New York Times bestseller on energy, Dr. Maidique has been CEO of two high-technology companies: Analog Devices Semiconductor, now Analog Devices, a Fortune 500 company; and Collaborative Research, now Genome Therapeutics; and he was a senior partner in Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners, at the time the world’s largest venture capital firm. He holds several U.S. patents for semiconductor devices.

Dr. Maidique currently serves as the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Eminent Scholar Chair in Leadership at the FIU College of Business, where he founded the Center for Leadership. Dr. Maidique holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and he completed the Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Maidique has testified before Congress on the issues of energy conservation and energy financing and has served on the Educational Policy Advisory Committee for two United States Presidents. He has also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Event Type

Academics, Lectures & conferences


Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


Honors College
Add to Calendar
Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity

You're not going yet!

This event requires registration.

Statement of Free Expression

FIU endorses the Florida Board of Governors' Statement of Free Expression to support and encourage full and open discourse and the robust exchange of ideas and perspectives on our campuses. In addition to supporting this legal right, we view this as an integral part of our ability to deliver a high-quality academic experience for our students, engage in meaningful and productive research, and provide valuable public service. This includes fostering civil and open dialogue in support of critical thinking in and out of the classroom, including events hosted by the university.