Modesto Maidique

Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Eminent Scholar Chair, College of Business

Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, PhD 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 PhD 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.