Commencement 2015

Honorary Doctorate Recipients 2015

Amy Rees Anderson

Amy Rees Anderson is the managing partner and founder of REES Capital, an angel investment firm. She is also an author and serves as a weekly contributor to Forbes and the Huffington Post. In addition, Amy is the founder and co-director of the IPOP Foundation, a charity focused on helping promote, educate and perpetuate entrepreneurship as a pathway to self-reliance. Prior to establishing REES Capital, Anderson was the founder and CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc., which she successfully led to being acquired by Verisk Analytics (VRSK).

Amy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc. magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other national publications as a result of her many accomplishments. She is an in-demand public speaker, a respected mentor, and she lectures at a number of universities. Awards that recognize her sharp business acumen and her company's growth and success include Utah Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and, as the first woman to receive the award, BYU’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Amy currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including: Governor Herbert’s Advisory Team; Huntsman Cancer Foundation Executive Council; the NACD Board Utah Chapter; and the University of Utah National Advisory board for David Eccles School of Business.

Amy attended Brigham Young University. She and her husband reside in Sandy, Utah and have two children, one attending college and one serving a full-time mission for the LDS Church.

Amy Anderson

Jeffery R. Nelson

Jeffery R. Nelson has regularly contributed to curriculum design in health and science programs at Salt Lake Community College including support of the College's “Expanding Your Horizons” program which provides education and training for middle-school age girls to help them recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Beyond his work as CEO at Nelson Laboratories, a leading provider of full, life-cycle microbiology testing services, Nelson has been an active member of the community, serving on several non-profit boards including BioUtah (Utah’s Life Sciences Industry Association), the Utah Technology Council, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Nelson was also appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to serve as the chairperson of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Action Center Board, a group dedicated to building tomorrow’s high-tech workforce, and helping young people recognize that they can succeed in science and math.

Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in microbiology and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Westminster College. He is a Specialist Microbiologist with the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Nelson lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Katie and their two children.

Jeffrey Nelson