What People are Saying

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 15, 2015) — The following is a list of comments made regarding the appointment of Dr. Julio Frenk as the sixth president of the University of Miami. Frenk, who will begin at UM on September 1, is currently dean of faculty at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


“The ‘hemispheric university’ — emphasis on the — has such a nice, visionary ring to it, doesn’t it? Already, Julio Frenk, named Monday as the University of Miami’s new president, knows where he wants to take this storied institution. We congratulate Dr. Frenk, confident that he is the right leader to propel UM upward from its already vaunted position.”
- Miami Herald editorial, April 15, 2015.

"In Dr. Frenk and his wife, Felicia Knaul, Miami is welcoming the kind of global thinkers who will help cement our place among the international leaders in academic thought and clinical practice."
- Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO, Jackson Health System, Miami, in a letter to the editor in the Miami Herald, April 14, 2015

“Today, the University of Miami selected a world-renowned scholar and leader as its next president."
- Stuart A. Miller, chair of the UM Board of Trustees and CEO of The Lennar Corporation.

“President Frenk is an eminent authority on global health and is admired worldwide for his scholarship and leadership, both within and outside academia. He is proven to be an agent for change as attested by his many accomplishments.”
- Richard D. Fain, chair of the Presidential Search Committee Chair, vice chair of the UM Board of Trustees, and chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

“Julio Frenk is a gifted and dedicated leader. His capacity to build consensus and strengthen institutions were evident during his service as Minister of Health of Mexico. I am certain that he will further transform the University of Miami as a leading educational force for the Americas and for the world.”
- Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico

“As the first Hispanic to lead the university, he brings with him his exceptional experience from Harvard, a global leader in higher education. I join my colleagues in the academy in welcoming President Frenk and look forward to continuing the close relationship between the university and Miami Dade College.”
- Eduardo J. Padron, president, Miami Dade College, in a letter to the editor in the Miami Herald, April 13, 2015

“I think the entire University is really excited to welcome a new president, President Frenk, and his wife, Felicia. I was really impressed that on his very first day that he carved out time to meet with the athletics administration and all of the head coaches. It’s a real statement for athletics and our position and this University and we look forward to his leadership.”
- Katie Meier, UM women’s basketball head coach

"I would like to congratulate Dr. Julio Frenk on being selected as the sixth president of our great university. This is a tremendous day for the University of Miami and our student athletes. I know he will continue to build on our university's wonderful foundation and take us to even greater heights.”
- Al Golden, UM football head coach

“It’s clear from their choice that the University of Miami’s trustees share Julio’s own qualities of wisdom and foresight, and that they have discovered in him the remarkable leadership capacity and vision with which he has graced Harvard these past six years.”
- Drew Gilpin Faust, president, Harvard University

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