Brocks, Tennenbaum Receive Honorary Degrees




At the May Commencement ceremonies, the Institute conferred honorary doctorates on three individuals who have made an impact on Georgia Tech and on their professions and communities: John F. Brock III, ChE 1970, MS ChE 1971; Mary Rockett Brock, Honorary Alumna; and Michael E. Tennenbaum, IE 1958.

John Brock is CEO of Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. Brock has served on the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. He was named a College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus in 1996.

Mary Brock is co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and a philanthropist, community leader, and advocate for women’s sports. She holds degrees in science education from Miami University of Ohio, and serves on the Alexander-Tharpe Fund Board of Directors. Beginning in September 2010, the Brocks were the Campaign Georgia Tech co-chairs through its successful conclusion on December 31, 2015.

Michael Tennenbaum is the founder of Caribbean Capital & Consultancy Corp., a Puerto Rico-based private merchant bank that seeks to make active investments. He is a member of the College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni and founder of the Tennenbaum Institute for Enterprise Transformation at Georgia Tech.

“Standing up here is a dream to me. It’s a long way from my first day at Tech. I was an unsophisticated country boy from Glynn County, Georgia. The Cooperative Education program allowed me to attend college. I also owe the good start to my parents. They wanted a better life for me, and I wish they could see this day.” — Michael Tennenbaum

“If I had believed the labels that were thrust upon a young woman in 1970, I don’t think I would have gone on and finished my undergraduate and graduate degrees, or become the educator, the mother, the community leader, and the business person that I am today.” — Mary Rockett Brock