The Wades are committed to giving back to UGA, making an annual gift for 22 consecutive years. They’re also committed to their community. Julie is in her second term with the local board of education, and Drew serves on the board for the Coastal Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation (Julie is a breast cancer survivor). They also participated in Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. In recognition of their success, both have been named to the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 list.
“There is a common bond and shared experience we all have,” Julie says of the UGA connection. “If you want to live in the South, particularly in Georgia, you want to go to the University of Georgia because that is where you will meet the next leaders of this state.”
Before moving to Savannah in 2006, the Wades lived in Boston while Drew completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Julie worked at a large law firm and describes the experience as eye-opening in terms of how a UGA education stacked up against their peers.
“We came out of Georgia as competitive as if we had attended the Ivy Leagues, but without the debt,” she says. “Our commitment is to provide the same kind of opportunities for our kids. It’s great to be a part of the flagship university and have that true Georgia experience—it definitely helps you appreciate the state.”
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