"The generosity of Rosemary and John Brown will have a transformational effect for the entire University," said KSU President Dr. Pamela Whitten. "It aligns perfectly with KSU's guiding principal of putting students first and will provide life-changing opportunities for generations of exceptional students."
Kennesaw State's Honors College facilitates small Honors sections of core courses in addition to offering special topics courses, interdisciplinary seminars, colloquia courses, and a variety of applied learning experiences in order to create a community within the University for highly motivated, academically talented students. Offering an intellectually enriching environment, the Honors College provides students with enhanced academic experiences, including community engagement, leadership, undergraduate research, and global education offerings to support their development as individuals and contributing members of their various communities.
"KSU's Honors students are leaders and determined individuals who are motivated by their desire to reach beyond expectations," said Honors College Dean Rita Bailey. "We are grateful to Rosemary and John Brown, who share our vision for expanding the College to offer more high-achieving students the opportunity to realize their goals and leave a lasting impact on the world."
Rosemary and John Brown are active philanthropists, particularly as strong supporters of higher education. John Brown was the longtime CEO and chairman of the board of the Stryker Corporation, a leading medical device company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Rosemary Brown retired after a 30-year career as a math teacher and is an active member of KSU's Honors College Advisory Board.
"By investing in the Kennesaw State University Honors College, we are helping these students create the relationships and have the experiences that will allow them to change the course of their lives and the future of our community," Rosemary Brown said. "As an educator, I experienced no better feeling than seeing the light bulb turn on in a student's mind. Through this gift to KSU, we know we are giving students the opportunity to have that 'aha moment' in an educational sense and a philanthropic sense."
John Brown came from humble beginnings, growing up on a Tennessee farm during the Depression, to become a successful businessman who built Stryker into a multi-billion-dollar company. He attributes his success to the quality education he received, adding that his family's gift to the Honors College is "a great opportunity to invest in the next generation of student leaders at KSU."