The largest gift in KSU history will be used to match endowment gifts from other donors in support of the college in perpetuity. In recognition of the gift, the board of regents of the University System of Georgia has announced that the college will be known as the Keeping Sights Upward (KSU) Journey Honors College, reflecting the Browns' passion for encouraging students to focus on achieving their goals.
John Brown was a longtime chair and CEO of Stryker Corporation, a leading medical device company, while Rosemary Brown retired after a thirty-year career as a math teacher.
"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," said Rosemary Brown. "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."
"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."