The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has named Rogers Wade recipient of its 2011 Freedom Award which is presented to a Georgian who has exemplified the principles of private enterprise and personal integrity. Mr. Wade is chairman of the Foundation, former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Herman Talmadge and a current adviser to Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. Mr. Wade serves on many public sector boards and he has long advocated and supported U.S. military troops through his USO involvement.
Almost 400 guests were on hand when Mr. Wade received his award during the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 24 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. Video excerpts from the evening can be viewed on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.
Previous Freedom Award recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Flowers Industries chairman emeritus William Flowers, the late former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy; Deen Day Smith, chair of the Cecil B. Day Investment Company; former Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller; former Southern Company president Bill Dalhberg, the late General Raymond G. Davis, United States Marine Corps; United States Senator Phil Gramm; and Henry F. (Hank) McCamish, founder and chairman of the McCamish Group and founder of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.