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Alumni Association Presents Bruté Medal to Mary Kane

Donna Klinger

Presenting Brute Award to Mary Kane

NAA President Susan Janowiak and Mount President Tim Trainor present the Bruté Medal to Mary Kane.

In recognition of her distinguished service to Mount St. Mary’s University, the state of Maryland, the United States, and the world, the university’s National Alumni Association (NAA) on June 3 presented Mary D. Kane with the Simon Bruté Medal.

kane-brute-in-text.jpgThe Simon Bruté Medal, the NAA’s highest award, is presented to alumni who have brought honor to Mount St. Mary’s by distinguishing themselves through their career and commitment to the community and to the university or in service to their fellow citizens.

Kane, who graduated from the Mount in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and finance, is the president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Kane previously served the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as executive director from 2008-11.

Immediately before assuming leadership of the Maryland Chamber in 2021, Kane served as director of the U.S. State Department’s National Museum of American Diplomacy. Other positions Kane has held include secretary of state for Maryland where she led the Governor’s Subcabinet on International Affairs; deputy secretary of state and chief legal counsel for Maryland; president and CEO of Sister Cities International; and an assistant states’ attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland. She also has been a political candidate in Maryland, running to be lieutenant governor in 2010 and for a legislative seat in 2002.

In 2016 she became the first woman to serve as chair of the Mount St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees, a position she held through 2020. She completed an eight-year term on the board in 2021. In addition to her undergraduate degree from the Mount, she subsequently earned her J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Her husband, John, C’84, is also a former member of the university’s board of trustees.

Donna Klinger