Kweku Bentils Career Has Taken Many Differing Paths Before He Landed At Mdcs Medical Center Campus
Written by Miami Today on February 2, 2006
Nestled in the heart of Miami’s medical center – along with Cedars and Jackson Memorial hospitals, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and other top facilities – is a little-known but highly regarded division of Miami Dade College where more than 2,400 students are being prepared for careers in nursing and allied health-care professions.
The Medical Center Campus offers 16 associate’s degree programs in science, seven post-secondary adult vocational certificate programs and three college-credit certificate programs as well as specifically tailored continuing-education programs for health-care professionals. It awards more degrees in nursing and allied health than any other institution in the US.
Providing leadership of the campus as its president is Kweku K. Bentil, who on Nov. 1 succeeded his long-time predecessor, Castell Bryant, now interim president of Florida A&M University.
Mr. Bentil, 60, a product of the community-college system who was born in the West African nation of Ghana, began his adult life in construction and then had more than 20 years’ experience as a faculty member and administrator at four institutions of higher learning – the University of Florida, the University of Washington, Southern University and Indiana State University – before taking on his current role.
He was interviewed by Miami Today international editor Michael Hayes. This is an excerpt from the weekly profile article published in Miami Today. To read the entire article in full, order this issue or subscribe to the print edition of Miami Today.