Honorary Degree Recipients 2016
MS. GEORGETTE "GIGI" GODWIN
President and CEO
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
MS. GEORGETTE “GIGI” GODWIN has served as the president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) since 2007. The MCCC is an association of regional, national, and international businesses with ties to Montgomery County. The MCCC’s mission is to help members grow and to advocate for a vibrant regional economy. 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.
Ms. Godwin’s background includes federal government, business, nonprofit, and local community experience. Early in her career, Ms. Godwin served on the staff of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. On Capitol Hill, she co-founded and served as the first president of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. She also served as a Junior Sloan Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences’ Climate Research Board in Washington, DC. She was subsequently the CFO of an alternative energy development company.
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. She is married and has three children.
MR. KEVIN J. SEXTON
President and CEO
Holy Cross Health
MR. KEVIN J. SEXTON is president and CEO of Holy Cross Health in Silver Spring, Maryland, and president and CEO of the Maryland Region of Trinity Health. Since Mr. Sexton joined Holy Cross Health in 1998, Holy Cross Hospital has grown exponentially, shown strong financial performance, and strengthened its quality and efficiency. The Maryland Work Life Alliance has designated Holy Cross Hospital a Best Place to Work every year since 1999. It also earned Top Performer on Key Quality Measures from The Joint Commission, the only hospital in Maryland to receive that designation for four consecutive years from 2010 to 2013.
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 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 October 2015, Holy Cross Hospital celebrated the significant expansion of its South Building, which converted the entire hospital to an all-private-room facility. At the same time, the Holy Cross Health Board of Directors named the Kevin J. Sexton Campus of Holy Cross Health in recognition of his accomplishments and service to the community.
Mr. Sexton’s honors include the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame and as Montgomery County’s Catholic Business Person of the Year. 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. He served on Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission for eight years and was vice chair for six of those years. He was appointed by the governor as co-chair of the state’s Hospital Executives Input Group on the changes in Maryland’s hospital reimbursement system.
Previously, Mr. Sexton served as senior vice president and director of the healthcare organizations practice of The Lewin Group. Earlier in his career, he was president of MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and worked in the Federal Health Care Financing Administration, including service as director of its Office of Management and Budget. He was a charter member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service.
Mr. Sexton has a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MPA from Harvard University.
DR. KENNETH S. WEINER
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
DR. KENNETH S. WEINER is a professor emeritus of mathematics, who retired in 2008 after 37 years as a faculty member at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. 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.
He co-founded the College’s highly successful Biomedical Scholars Program in 2001, and served as the program’s co-director until 2006. In 2003, Minority Access, Inc. presented him with a National Role Model Mentor Award.
In recent years, Dr. Weiner turned his focus to outcomes assessment and management. He developed and implemented a collegewide outcomes assessment plan for Montgomery College’s academic programs, a role in which he became known as “Outcomes Ken.” He is a published 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.
From 2009 through 2011, Dr. Weiner served as chair of a collegewide Developmental Math Task Force charged with reforming the developmental math program and significantly increasing student success rates.
Dr. Weiner is a founding board member of Future Link. He 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. He and his wife, Myra Turoff, live in Kensington, Maryland.