Former UM President Tad Foote To Be Honored

CADCA to present him with Lifetime Distinguished Service Award.

Coral Gables (September 15, 2011) — The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has selected University of Miami President Emeritus Edward “Tad” Foote II to receive a Lifetime Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious accolade recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a genuine commitment to CADCA through their longstanding leadership, expertise, and service to the organization. CADCA will honor Foote at their annual awards dinner September 27 in Washington, D.C.

“Tad Foote devoted considerable time, energy, and passion to making Miami and the nation safer, healthier, and drug-free,” said Arthur T. Dean, chairman and CEO of CADCA. “Tad served on the President’s Drug Advisory Council that recommended the creation of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and he subsequently became one of our original board members. Tad helped guide CADCA in its infancy, and he stayed connected and engaged throughout an incredible 19 years of board service. We are delighted to honor Tad for all he has done to reduce drug abuse in America.”

When Foote arrived in Miami in March of 1981 as the new president of UM, the 43-year-old former law school dean from Milwaukee told The New York Times he wanted to strengthen undergraduate liberal arts studies and increase the endowment as a way to attract high-scoring high school graduates.

From his base at UM, he tackled Miami’s drug and crime problems head-on. He rallied Miami’s power elite to create The Miami Coalition for A Safe and Drug-Free Community, of which he was founding chairman. This broad-based task force approached the populace’s drug problems from every conceivable angle, creating drug-free school zones, educating the public, developing drug-free workplace policies, destroying crack houses, securing federal funding to strengthen law enforcement, identifying money laundering schemes, and establishing treatment programs.

Foote would go on to become the founding chairman of the nation’s first President’s Drug Advisory Council in 1988, while The Miami Coalition became the national model for community-based anti-drug programs.

As a founding CADCA board member, Foote has served with distinction for 19 years, helping raise awareness and support CADCA’s mission to strengthen anti-drug coalitions.


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Former UM President Edward “Tad” Foote II was an original board member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. He will receive the organization’s Lifetime Distinguished Service Award on September 27 in Washington, D.C.

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