Detailed shot of a gold bicentennial medal hanging from purple and yellow ribbons.
Bicentennial Medals

During Convocation on Sept. 16, five alumni will receive Bicentennial Medals for distinguished service in their fields. This year’s recipients are: Ira Mickenberg ’72, founder and director of the National Defender Training Project, which seeks to improve the quality of legal representation for indigent criminal defendants; Dr. Richard Besser ’81, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, former ABC News chief health and medical editor and former leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Wendy Young ’83, president of KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), working to assist and defend unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the U.S.; Adam Schlesinger ’89, co-founder of the band Fountains of Wayne and an award-winning songwriter and producer for TV, film and theater; and Mary Dana Hinton ’92, president of the College of Saint Benedict, who has dedicated her career to educational equity and access.