The Dean’s Medal, newly established this year, honors extraordinary service, philanthropy, and leadership on behalf of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. It is the highest honor awarded by the school, recognizing commitment to the Carey mission of “developing new business knowledge and educating business leaders who will grow economies and societies, and are exemplary citizens.”
Dean Bernard T. Ferrari has awarded two of the medals this year. The first, in April, went to R. Clayton “Clay” Emory, who, as founder of Emory Properties, has developed more than 10 million square feet of commercial property in Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. He follows in the tradition of James Rouse, the visionary developer with whom Emory worked early in his career on the plans for Columbia New Town in suburban Baltimore, one of the nation’s first planned communities.
Emory also has been a supporter of Carey’s Real Estate and Infrastructure program. For many years, he chaired the school’s Real Estate Advisory Board and shared his knowledge with Carey students. Additionally, he ensured the continued success of the Real Estate program at Carey with the establishment of the R. Clayton Emory Chair in Real Estate and Infrastructure, the school’s first endowed chair, which is held by Professor Ko Wang.
The second Dean’s Medal was awarded in August to Robyn and N. Anthony “Tony” Coles Jr. Robyn Coles is president of TRATE Properties, a real estate management and ventures company. As a philanthropist, she has been active as a fundraiser for health care causes, including efforts to combat cancer. Tony Coles was chairman and chief executive officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, which introduced two innovative cancer medicines during his tenure. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Tony Coles serves as a trustee of both the university and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Both Robyn and Tony Coles have provided philanthropic support to entities throughout Johns Hopkins, including the Carey School, where the Tony Coles Scholarship provides financial aid with preference to students of demonstrated need who have completed their undergraduate studies at JHU’s Krieger or Whiting school and are pursuing a career or graduate education in health care.