Public Radio Host Kojo Nnamdi to Deliver Commencement Address
Montgomery College will recognize the class of 2016 in commencement ceremonies May 20 at 10 a.m. on the Rockville Campus. Graduates from the College’s three campuses in Montgomery County, Md.—Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring—along with apprenticeship graduates in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs, will be honored.In addition, the Board of Trustees will pay tribute to community leaders and College benefactors. Honorary degrees will be presented to Georgette “Gigi” Godwin, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Kevin Sexton, president and CEO, Holy Cross Health; Dr. Kenneth Weiner, professor emeritus of mathematics, Montgomery College; and commencement speaker, journalist Kojo Nnamdi.
Kojo Nnamdi has hosted the WAMU interview program bearing his name for more than 18 years. He also hosts The Politics Hour on WAMU. From 1985 to 2011, Mr. Nnamdi hosted Evening Exchange with Kojo, a public affairs television program broadcast by WHUT. His broadcasting career began in 1973 at WHUR in Washington, DC, where he served as news editor and news director until 1985. During that time, he led a news division that created the award-winning evening broadcast, The Daily Drum.
Mr. Nnamdi won an Emmy Award for Excellence in Broadcasting in 1993. He earned induction into the Society of Professional Journalists, DC Chapter Hall of Fame in 2014.
Georgette “Gigi” Godwin has served as the president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) since 2007. In 2014, the Washington Business Journal ranked the MCCC third out of the top 25 business organizations in the Washington area.
Since 2008, Ms. Godwin has also served as the treasurer for the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, which sponsors the National Center of the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP), the Public Safety Scholarship, Economic Development Studies, and the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Partnership.
A longtime supporter of education in Montgomery County, Ms. Godwin served on Montgomery College’s Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2011. She has also served as a board member on the Montgomery County Business Roundtable on Education, the Committee for Montgomery, the Montgomery County Executive’s Business Advisory Board, and Bethesda’s innovative Imagination Stage.
In 2010, she received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding support of our veterans for her work in promoting the Chamber Foundation’s Veteran Institute for Procurement. Her recent accolades include The Daily Record’s 2013 Influential Marylander Award for her civic leadership and the 2012 Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Director’s Award for Public Support and Advocacy in Public Safety.
Ms. Godwin earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College.
Kevin Sexton is president and CEO of Holy Cross Health in Silver Spring, Maryland, and president and CEO of the Maryland Region of Trinity Health. The Maryland Work Life Alliance has designated Holy Cross Hospital a Best Place to Work every year since 1999.
In 2012, Mr. Sexton reorganized Holy Cross Health in anticipation of two major changes: the 2014 opening of Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, the first new hospital in Montgomery County in 35 years, and the first ever on a community college campus; and national- and state-level health reforms. The reorganization included creating Holy Cross Health Network, which now manages four community health centers and other primary care practices, community health initiatives, and physician and insurance relationships.
In 2015, in recognition of his role in the transformation of Holy Cross Health, the Silver Spring campus on which Holy Cross Hospital and other services are located was named the Kevin J. Sexton Campus of Holy Cross Health. The Daily Record named him one of 50 Influential Marylanders and Washington Business Journal selected him as one of the Most Admired CEOs in health care. Mr. Sexton has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Dr. Kenneth Weiner is a professor emeritus of mathematics. He retired in 2008 after 37 years as a faculty member. During his tenure at Montgomery College, Dr. Weiner served as department chair and maintained a continuing role as a faculty research associate in the Office of Planning and Institutional Research. From 1986 through 1998, Dr. Weiner served either as president or chief negotiator for the American Association of University Professors, the collective bargaining agent for the College’s full-time faculty.
Dr. Weiner is an expert in the field of outcomes assessment, and as such, provided training and individual consultation to more than 200 nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County on how to measure the impact of their services. Dr. Weiner is also a founding board member of Future Link and has served as president of its Board of Directors since 2011. Future Link serves young adults who lack the resources and knowledge to identify and pursue a pathway to a successful future, including those aging out of foster care, high school dropouts, first generation college students, and youth who have experienced personal trauma or academic disruption in their lives.
He holds a PhD in mathematical statistics from the University of Maryland.
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study