Shade Family Room

A $1.5 million gift from the Shade Family Foundation will name the Rowan Hall space in the Armstrong Student Center.  University President David Hodge announced the gift June 25 at the university’s Board of Trustees meeting.  It is a fitting tribute to the family of David ’66 and Charlotte Shade, whose meaningful connection to Miami extends through three generations.

“Our family has benefited deeply from its relationship with Miami University, and we are pleased to be able to give something back to the ‘Miami Experience’ through our support of the Armstrong Student Center,” said David Shade. “We hope that future Miamians will feel the same sense of pride and tradition shared by our family and generations of Miami alumni.”

The Shade Family Room, which will occupy the former Rowan Hall space, will provide a dramatic welcome to students, prospective students and guests entering the ASC via its main Spring Street entrance.  This impressive room will be decorated to reflect Miami’s rich heritage, and ample lounge-style seating will provide an inviting atmosphere for students to gather in groups. Highlights of the nearly 5,000-square-foot space include a fireplace on the east end and a raised area on the west end that doubles as a small stage venue.

Shade Family Room“This space will be the grand entrance to the ASC, it will be the family room and heritage room of the ASC, a place for students to gather and interact,” said David C. Hodge.  “It will be a very special place, and we are deeply honored that the Shade family name will forever be associated with it.”

David graduated from Miami in 1966 with a B.S. in Accountancy.  As a student, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.  He also earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Northwestern University in 1967. Charlotte became an honorary Miami alumna in 2008. She graduated from Northwestern in 1965.

David is co-founder, President and CEO of Prism Healthcare Partners LTD. Prism is a health care consulting firm that leads hospitals on a successful path amidst the ever-changing environment and rising costs of the healthcare industry. With a focus on six key areas, Prism begins with helping hospitals assess the best strategic direction and then implements performance improvements in the areas of physician operations, clinical transformation, revenue, non-labor cost reductions and workforce management.

David was previously President and COO of Huron Consulting Group.  He served in the role since January 2007, when Huron acquired his firm, Wellspring Partners where he was founder and CEO.  He founded Wellspring in January, 2000.

Prior to Wellspring, David was chairman and CEO of Valuation Counselors Group, the country’s largest independent health care valuation and appraisal firm.  He joined the firm in 1992, after acquiring principal interest.

David also worked at Ernst and Young, serving as a partner from 1981 to 1992.  He has also served on the faculties of Northwestern, Indiana, & Roosevelt Universities.  Prior to beginning his professional career he served as a combat officer with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam.  He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star, both for valor.

At Miami, David has chaired the For Love and Honor Campaign and completed a six-year term on the Board of Trustees.  He has also served on the Miami Foundation Board (President), Page Center Advisory Committee, Business Advisory Council and his 35th reunion committee.

Outside of Miami, David has been involved with the Union League Club of Chicago (President), Union League Boys and Girls Club (Board) and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation (Treasurer) and the Shade Family Foundation.  He is also a member of the Boulder Ridge Country Club and the Ocean Reef Club. 

David and Charlotte have three children - Lisa’97, DJ ’00 and Paul ’03. Lisa is an Associate Brand Manager for MillerCoors.  David is married to Amy Shade ’01 and works for Ernst & Young.  Paul is married to Heidi Shade ’03 and is a manager for Huron Consulting Group. All of the Shade family members reside within the greater Chicago area.