Derek supports the Institute for Leadership Advancement Support Fund to promote networking and leadership development opportunities for Terry students. He also gives to the Georgia Fund, which supports UGA’s most pressing needs, and the J.M. Tull School of Accounting Fund, which provides enrichment opportunities for the program’s students and faculty.
In addition to helping students develop into leaders while forming long-lasting relationships, Derek hopes his gifts will continue to enhance UGA’s reputation. Most recently, UGA climbed two spots to No. 16 in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 ranking of best public national universities, the highest ranking in the university’s history.
“The value of my education was not on my own merit,” Derek said. “So many alumni will tell you their degrees are worth more now. That’s partly a result of private giving, which provides greater opportunities to students to attract the best and brightest.”
Many national rankings include the percentage of alumni who donate to their alma mater as a factor in their standings. Private giving also helps UGA attract talented students through scholarship support and enhance the learning environment for greater student success.
“I give back to help current students have even better experiences than the incredible ones I had,” said Derek.