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Impact Presents: "It all Started in Tower Dorm"

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Wednesday, September 18



Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street NW, 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308
Room 200




Brunswick, Georgia, native A. D. “Pete” Correll had a lifelong career in the pulp and paper industry and is the former Chairman Emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., the company he served as President, CEO and Chairman for thirteen years. He also serves as Chair of the Board of the Grady Health Foundation. 

 Correll’s involvement with Grady began in 2007 when he agreed to lead an effort to save the then-failing hospital. Drawing upon his relationships with Atlanta’s business and philanthropic communities, he formed and co-led the “Saving Grady Task Force” and helped raise $325 million that has since been invested in new facilities and services including the Correll Cardiac Center. He also served for eight years as the inaugural Chair of the new Board of Directors formed after the health system’s governance was restructured into the non-profit Grady Memorial Health Corporation. 

 Correll and his wife, Ada Lee, continue to make a significant impact on organizations throughout the state including the University of Georgia, Emory University, College of Coastal Georgia and the Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, which was named in honor of his late mother, Elizabeth F. Correll. When Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. preached before his death, needed funding for restoration, Correll again reached out to the business community and quickly raised the funds needed to ensure the future of the historic site. He also played a leading role in the renaming of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to honor the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. 

 Correll currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Aquarium and the University of Georgia Foundation.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received his master’s degree from the University of Maine. He has also been bestowed honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia and the College of Coastal Georgia, in honor of his ongoing impact on his home state.  

 Pete and Ada Lee Correll have two children and five grandchildren, all of who reside in Atlanta. 

 His many awards and recognitions include:

  • 2017 Trustee of the Georgia Historical Society
  • Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change-Salute to Greatness Award
  • 11 Alive Community Service Awards - Boisfeuillet Jones Award Recipient
  • Catalyst Award
  • Doing the Most Good Award – Salvation Army
  • Dan Sweat Award – Downtown Atlanta Environmental Award
  • Paperloop CEO of the Year
  • Georgia Trend Most influential Georgians
  • com’s 2010 Trustee of the Year
  • Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award – Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Top Philanthropy Honor
  • Paschal Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist (with his wife, Ada Lee)
  • Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business
  • American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award, Atlanta chapter
  • Atlanta Urban League’s Distinguished Community Service Award
  • Woodrow Wilson Award for Philanthropy

About the Impact Speaker Series:

Since 2002, the IMPACT Speaker Series has brought highly successful business leaders from a variety of industries to campus to share their experiences and give advice to students and other entrepreneurs on topics ranging from "building a venture around intellectual capital" to "successful entrepreneurship in large organizations" and "socially responsible leadership." The weekly series provides Georgia Tech students, alumni, and the Atlanta business community an opportunity to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and notable business and non-profit leaders. The lecture series is sponsored by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.