Nelson Broms to receive University Medal of Excellence

February 24, 2012

Nelson Broms, a former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Equitable Life Holding Corporation, will be bestowed the prestigious University Medal of Excellence at the spring undergraduate commencement.   

Commencement speaker and journalist Tom Brokaw, animal scientist Temple Grandin, neuroscientist Eric Kandel and chairman of A*STAR Lim Chuan Poh will be awarded honorary degrees at the ceremony.
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While at The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, Mr. Broms served in senior management capacities including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. After leaving the Equitable, he served as a Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Clayton & Dubilier, a leading leveraged buy-out management company. Mr. Broms co-founded and served as Vice-Chairman of Financial Security Assurance Holdings Ltd. (FSA), raising $233 million of first round capital for this game changing insurance company.

Mr. Broms served as a Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee of Contel, Inc. until its $6.6 billion merger with GTE, Inc. (NYSE) in 1991. He influenced Contel’s participation in its early efforts to develop and acquire cellular technology and properties, which participated in today’s convergence of telecommunications and electronic information services. 

Mr. Broms was instrumental in the formation and development of the managed health care and financial services sectors in the U.S. Currently, Mr. Broms provides strategic leadership to diverse organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and is respected as a strategic advisor and leader in the evolution of organizations.
Mr. Broms was a co-founder and/or board member of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the Ethics Resources Center in Washington, the Women’s Museum for the Arts, the Council on Economics & National Security, and the Family Academy in New York City.

Enlisting in the summer of 1940 and serving through World War II, Mr. Broms served with distinction in the United States Army as assistant general staff officer in Headquarters’ Third Army and Headquarters' Ninth Army in Europe. He holds the Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Sacred Heart University, was visiting entrepreneur at Columbia University, and founded the chair in Private Enterprise while on the Hofstra University Council. In November 1978, Mr. Broms, gathering several other business men and enterprenuers, visited China in several major cities. Directly contributing to the success of ASU, Mr. Broms has served as Strategic Senior Adviser to Michael Crow, sharing his views on knowledge entrepreneurship, intellectual fusion and social consciousness.

Founders' Day honoree: Karen Bruhn

February 24, 2012

Karen Bruhn is being honored with the Faculty Achievement Teaching Award for her work as an Honors Faculty Fellow and principal lecturer at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU.

Bruhn, who joined the honors college faculty in 1998, has been recognized by students, faculty and administrators alike as an excellent teacher, an active and engaged scholar, and an exceptionally able administrator. Download Full Image

The Human Event, a yearlong reading and writing intensive interdisciplinary seminar that challenges students to think deeply about the complexities of existence, is one of Bruhn’s primary teaching assignments. Her students have praised her enthusiasm, her expertise and her availability outside the classroom. She regularly receives course evaluations with 95 percent of students expressing satisfaction with her classes. She is one of only a few members of the honors faculty who has ever received semester scores of “A” from all her students in all her courses.

She also teaches a number of upper-division seminars, both on ASU’s Tempe campus and in the Barrett Summer Study Abroad program. She is on the graduate faculty for both the History and the Religious Studies departments, and she is an affiliate faculty for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Bruhn currently chairs the Barrett faculty and previously served as chair of the college’s curriculum committee in 2009-2010. She contributes regularly to the honor college’s faculty mentoring program. She has led a “World Religions for Teens” class at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, and also has led seminars for the ASU Foundation Presidents’ Community Enrichment Program, which connects metropolitan Phoenix and other Arizona communities to ASU’s visionary scholars.

Media contact:
Tracy Scott,
Alumni Association

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library