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Princeton University Confers Honorary Degree upon Brent Henry

Boston, MA –Mintz Member Brent Henry is one of five recipients awarded an honorary degree by Princeton University for contributions to civil rights, higher education, healthcare, neuroscience and business. Mr. Henry received a Doctor of Laws degree on May 24 at a ceremony that took place just prior to the 275th Princeton University Commencement held at Princeton Stadium.

When conferring Mr. Henry with the honorary degree, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber noted: A powerful proponent for change at Princeton, he [Mr. Henry] launched his dedicated efforts to enhance campus life as an undergraduate leader of the Association of Black Collegians in the late 1960s. Upon graduating, he was elected to serve his alma mater as one of the first two Young Alumni Trustees. What ensued was a lifetime investment of his immeasurable talents to Old Nassau, which he impressively balanced with his decades-long career as one of the nation’s leading health care professionals. In both his legal career and his volunteer leadership roles, he has exhibited an unparalleled commitment to equity, integrity and justice. His passionate and tireless efforts to make Princeton more diverse, more inclusive and more accessible to people from all backgrounds helped to transform the University — a legacy that will benefit the lives of Princetonians for generations to come.    

Mr. Henry is a leading health care professional who brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his work advising clients on complex business, legal, and regulatory issues. Prior to joining the firm, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Mass General Brigham, the largest healthcare provider network in New England.

Mr. Henry’s experience also includes serving as Vice President and General Counsel of MedStar Health, a hospital system serving the Baltimore/Washington corridor and as Deputy Administrator of the New York City Human Resources Administration, where he directed the NYC Medicaid program.  He is a Past President and current Fellow of the American Health Law Association.

Mr. Henry has been involved in a broad range of community and professional service activities, including the Boston Bar Association (where he was the inaugural chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Section), and served on the boards of the NIH Clinical Center, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Finite Solar Finance Fund, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the New England Legal Foundation.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1969 and his M.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

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