Livingston Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards
The 2011 LAA Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards were presented on Saturday, May 14 at the Livingston Student Center. Gregory Q. Brown, LC '82 (right) and Eddie Jordan, one of the stars of the Rutgers basketball Cinderella 1976-77 basketball season (pictured; biography below) received the Distinguished Alumni Award, with Livingston Legacy Awards presented to Jerome Aumente, Leroy Haines, Gerald Pomper and Larry Ridley. The 2011 Riki Jacobs Livingston Pride Award was presented to Matthew Cortland SAS '11. View photos from the May 14, 2011 event. (Brown received the LAA Distinguished Alumni Award in a presentation held on December 14, 2011 at Winants Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.)
The Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) established its Distinguished Alumni Award in September 2000 to recognize Livingston College alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.
In November 2004, the LAA established the Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award in memory of Army First Lt. Seth Jeremy Dvorin '02 (Administration of Justice), who was tragically killed in Iraq on February 3, 2004. The Seth Dvorin Award is presented to Livingston College young alumni 30 years old and under who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.
The Livingston Legacy Award was established in 2008 to recognize Livingston College faculty and staff that played a key role in the establishment and growth of Livingston College and its mission, and contributions to the overall Rutgers and global communities.
Nominations for the 2013 Livingston Distinguished Alumni Award or Seth Dvorin Young Alumni Award are now closed.
Gregory Q. Brown '82 - Greg Brown is president and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Brown joined Motorola in 2003 and was elected to the company's board of directors in 2007. He became president and CEO of Motorola in January 2008. Since that time, he has served as CEO or co-CEO of Motorola.
Brown served as president and chief operating officer of Motorola beginning in 2007. Previously, he headed four different businesses at Motorola, including the government and public safety, networks, enterprise and automotive businesses. Brown also led the $3.9 billion acquisition of Symbol Technologies, the second largest transaction in Motorola's history and an important strategic move to strengthen Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business.
Prior to joining Motorola, he was chairman and CEO of Micromuse Inc., a publicly traded network management software company. Before that, he was president of Ameritech Custom Business Services and Ameritech New Media Inc. Prior to joining Ameritech in 1987, Brown held a variety of sales and marketing positions with AT&T.
In addition to his responsibilities at Motorola Solutions, Brown is an active member of the civic and business communities. He is a member of the Business Council, Business Roundtable, Technology CEO Council, Commercial Club of Chicago and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital board. He is also on the executive committee of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) and is a member of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum.
Brown earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers University and is a member of the Rutgers University board of trustees and board of overseers.
Eddie Jordan - When Edward M. Jordan took to the basketball court, the College Avenue Gym shook with cheers of "Eddie, Eddie," sparking a wave of enthusiasm and school spirit that captivated the state. He responded in spectacular fashion, scoring a total of 1,632 points and setting all-time Rutgers records with 585 assists and 220 steals. He led the 1975–76 undefeated basketball team to the NCAA Final Four. He was drafted into the NBA in 1977 by the Cleveland Cavaliers and acquired by the New Jersey Nets midway through his rookie year. As a Net, he led the league in total steals in 1978–79 and was second in total steals in 1979–80. He joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980, and earned a place on the 1982 World Championship squad. In his seven-year career, he averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.82 steals per game. His coaching career began at Rutgers and included a number of positions in both collegiate and professional basketball. He spent four years as lead assistant coach of the Nets, guiding them to consecutive Eastern Conference championships in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, the Washington Wizards named Jordan head coach, a position he held through 2008. Jordan led the Wizards to four straight playoff appearances, which includes the team's first postseason series win since 1982.