The “MISO Golden Baton Recognition Award ” annually honors an outstanding member of our community. As president of Florida International University (FIU), Mark B. Rosenberg has made FIU the face of the country's future in higher education demographics, being a majority-minority institution that leads the country in the production of minority degrees in the sciences and engineering.

Dr. Rosenberg has served as the fifth president of FIU since August 2009. A political scientist specializing in Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the university's presidency. He is a first-generation college graduate whose two children are graduates of FIU.

Under his leadership as president, FIU has increased enrollment to almost 54,000 students, improved graduation rates by nearly 10%, and hired over 500 new faculty. Research expenditures have grown by nearly 30% to around $125 million, and the university has been named as a Carnegie Engaged institution, having developed path-breaking partnerships with the Miami Dade County Public Schools, JP Morgan Chase, Florida Power & Light and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

He has written or co-edited seven books and numerous scholarly articles in leading journals. His latest book, The United States and Central America: Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility (2007), is a Harvard University project co-authored with Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica. Governmental and media organizations have frequently sought Dr. Rosenberg's expertise on Latin America. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has testified before Congress numerous times, and has served as a consultant to the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

At the community level, Dr. Rosenberg has been active with the Jewish Federation of Greater Miami and was a founding contributor to the Organization for Leadership Advancement in Miami. He is currently appointed to the Board of Directors of City National Bank of Florida, the Board of Directors for the Holocaust Memorial as part of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities' Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Beacon Council One Community One Goal (OCOG)'s Academic Leaders Council.

Dr. Rosenberg and his wife of 39 years, Rosalie, are members of Temple Menorah in Miami Beach.