PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University President Christina H. Paxson has recognized two accomplished leaders with the President’s Medal, the highest honor a Brown president can bestow.
Jonathan M. Nelson — a Class of 1977 Brown alumnus, and founder and executive chairman of Providence Equity Partners — was honored for his steady leadership and deep contributions to Brown as the longest-serving current member of the Corporation of Brown University. Dr. John Nkengasong, a global public health leader who directs the Africa CDC, was recognized for his advocacy in protecting the health of communities across the globe.
The President’s Medal honors individuals who have achieved distinction in a particular field, including education, scholarship, public service, the arts or philanthropy. Paxson presented both medals during activities accompanying Brown’s Commencement and Reunion celebration in late May.
Nelson was honored at an event during the Brown Corporation’s spring meeting. Paxson said that as a member of the Brown Corporation since 2000, Nelson has been instrumental in advancing a wide range of priorities and academic initiatives, and holding the University on course during challenges including a financial crisis and global pandemic.
“Jonathan has shown an unwavering commitment to advancing excellence in our education and research,” Paxson said. “He believes that what we do at Brown, we should do very well, and the Brown Corporation has benefitted so much from his strategic insight. We all value his unwavering commitment to Brown, our students and our mission of preparing brilliant, intellectually curious students for lives of usefulness and reputation.”