Paxson, Babineau, lead honorees in PBN’s 2018 Business Excellence Awards

PROVIDENCE – Christina H. Paxson, president of Brown University since 2012, is being honored for Business Leadership in Providence Business News’ 18th annual Business Excellence Awards program.

Paxson, an economist and former dean at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, has led Brown through a series of major investments in both its College Hill campus and in the former Jewelry District in the city, with the most significant being as an anchor tenant in the $220 million South Street Landing project.

At the same time, she launched the $3 billion BrownTogether campaign to invest in the school’s people and impact in society. During her tenure, the university’s endowment has reached a value of $3.5 billion.

Most recently Paxson signed a memorandum of understanding with Partners HealthCare and Care New England Health System formalizing their collaboration through a clinical, medical education and biomedical research affiliation following the anticipated merger of the two health systems.

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Joining Paxson as an individual honoree in the BEA program is Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan Corp., the state’s largest health care provider, who will be recognized with the Corporate Citizenship award.

Under Babineau’s leadership, Lifespan has undertaken significant community involvement initiatives, from encouraging employees to take part in fundraising activities for other nonprofits to mentoring students in Providence schools. But his own community involvement is significant and is what is being recognized with this award.

Babineau was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the administrative board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, one of a number of national or regional professional boards that he has served on. Locally he has served on the board of the Rhode Island Quality Institute and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. He has chaired the Southern New England Heart Walk for the American Heart Association, as well as been involved in fundraising activities for the American Cancer Society, the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Year Up, Edesia and the Annual Season of Giving at Lifespan, which raises money for the community.

Other winners in the 2018 BEA program include:

  • Excellence at an Enterprise Company: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Excellence at a Large Company: Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc.
  • Excellence at a Mid-Size Company: Trinity Repertory Company
  • Excellence at a Small Company: Capital Good Fund
  • Community Involvement: National Grid Rhode Island
  • Excellence at a Social Service Agency: Adoption Rhode Island
  • Excellence at a Nonprofit: Local Initiatives Support Corp. Rhode Island
  • Entrepreneurship: Renaud Megard, president & CEO, NFI Corp.
  • Education: Project GOAL Inc.
  • Family-owned Business: Ocean State Job Lot
  • Workforce Development: William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School
  • Women-owned Business: Gil’s Appliances

The winners will be recognized at the BEA Dinner and Ceremony on Nov. 7 at the Omni Hotel Providence. For more information about the program, click HERE.

Presenting sponsor for the 18th Business Excellence Awards program is BlumShapiro. Partner sponsors are Cox Business and Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer.