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NYU Alumni Awards

2016 Award Recipients

Thank you to everyone who joined NYU President Andrew Hamilton and the New York University Alumni Association as we honored 2016 award recipients:

John Sexton

John Sexton
The Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Presented to a respected and distinguished public figure of recognized stature or identity who has clearly demonstrated a record of outstanding public service in his professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who, by receiving this award, brings honor to the University.

John Sexton served as president of New York University from 2002 through 2015.  He is NYU’s Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of the Law School. Milestones of his tenure include growth of NYU’s global network, including campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai; a merger with Polytechnic University, now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering; and the largest increase in Arts and Science faculty in the University’s history.

Jonathan Mechanic

Jonathan L. Mechanic (LAW ’77)
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Presented to a respected and distinguished graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU, who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and/or service in his professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.

Jonathan L. Mechanic is chairman of Fried Frank's Real Estate Department. He routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs and financial institutions in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. He was named one of the "Most Influential Lawyers" by The National Law Journal; an "MVP Lawyer of the Year" by Law360, and is consistently on The New York Observer’s "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in NY real estate (the only practicing attorney to make the list in 2015) for his work in the biggest, city-scape changing projects in NYC.

Jonathan Woodson

Jonathan Woodson (MED ’79)
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Presented to a respected and distinguished graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU, who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and/or service in his professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.

Dr. Jonathan Woodson is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. In this role, he administers the more than $50 billion Military Health System budget and serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for health issues. Prior to his appointment by President Obama, Dr. Woodson served as Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Professor of Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine, and senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center. He has been recognized extensively for his surgical career and military service.

Ruthie Ann Miles

Ruthie Ann Miles (STEINHARDT ’07)
Distinguished Young Alumna Award
The Distinguished Young Alumna award is presented to an outstanding graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU who is under the age of 35. This alumna has demonstrated sustained excellence in her professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.

Ruthie Ann Miles is a Broadway actress currently appearing in the Tony Award-winning revival of The King And I at Lincoln Center, for which she won the 2015 Tony Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.” Miles is also known for originating the role of Imelda Marcos in David Byrne’s critically-acclaimed discothèque musical, Here Lies Love, which opened at The Public Theater in 2013.

 

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