The University of Georgia hosted its annual UGA in Washington reception with more than 650 alumni and friends in attendance on June 21 at Union Station.
The event provided an opportunity for President Jere W. Morehead, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kelly Kerner, Vice President for Government Relations Griff Doyle and other UGA administrators to connect with alumni who live and work in the D.C. metropolitan area.
“UGA has a significant presence in Washington, D.C. Our students are living and learning in Delta Hall throughout the year, and our alumni-numbering more than 6,700 in the D.C. area-are thriving in our nation’s capital as well,” Morehead said. “It is important to keep UGA’s connections in the area strong to continue developing the leaders who will shape the future of our democracy.”
During the reception, President Morehead gave an update on the Commit to Georgia campaign, which launched its public phase in November 2016.
The event was attended by several U.S. Congressional Representatives from Georgia-including Rep. Rick Allen, Rep. Sanford Bishop, Rep. Buddy Carter (BSPH ’80), Rep. Drew Ferguson (M ’88) and Rep. Jody Hice-and State Representative Earl Ehrhart (AB ’81).
“We are proud that the UGA alumni community boasts individuals working in every branch of the federal government,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “It’s such a privilege to visit with alumni in D.C. These outstanding graduates do so much to support their alma mater.”
The UGA Alumni Association has an active chapter in the area, the D.C. Dawgs, which regularly hosts social, professional development and community engagement events for alumni and friends in the area. All UGA supporters are invited to participate in events and programs hosted by local alumni chapters.