Jay Greene (TANDON ’64) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jonathan Mechanic (LAW ’77) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Ruthie Ann Miles (STEINHARDT ’07) 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna Award
John Sexton 2016 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Jonathan Woodson (MED '79) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Jay Greene (TANDON ’64)
Distinguished Alumnus Award

Jonathan Mechanic (LAW ’77)
Distinguished Alumnus Award


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.

Ruthie Ann Miles (STEINHARDT ’07)
Distinguished Young Alumna Award


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.

John Sexton
Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service


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 Woodson (MED '79)
Distinguished Alumnus Award


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.