b2ap3_thumbnail_photo-1.jpgWaynesburg University has been named to MONEY Magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” list, a ranking system that examined three primary factors: educational quality, affordability and alumni success. 

Included on the list are 705 four-year U.S. colleges and universities that, according to MONEY’s website, “deliver the most value – that is, a great education at an affordable price that prepares students for rewarding careers.” 

MONEY measured comparative value by assessing how well students at each school did verses what’s expected for students with similar economic and academic backgrounds, as well as the college’s mix of majors.

“This ranking is another reminder of the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We offer a distinctive educational experience at an affordable cost, preparing our graduates for successful careers and lives of purpose.”  

In recent months, Waynesburg University has also been ranked nationally as a top school for educational value by The Economist, the Brookings Institution, CollegeNet and Christian Universities Online. These ranking systems examined data such as outcomes, value and job placement.

Waynesburg graduates consistently achieve high placement rates. Ninety-five percent of 2014 graduates and 97 percent of 2013 graduates reported working or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation.

Additionally, the University’s tuition, room and board is more than $11,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges, according to College Board. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-12Top-Counseling-Schools-Best-Value-2016.jpgWaynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling have been ranked a top value in Pennsylvania based on data that was provided in part by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs (CACREP). 

“This recognition represents the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community including our faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Dr. Taunya Tinsley, director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and associate professor of counseling. “Our team works together to offer curriculums that are rigorous, challenging and rewarding as we seek to inspire students to a life of leadership and purpose.”

Compiled by Top Counseling Schools (TCS), the ranking primarily examined program completion rates, job placement rates and licensing exam pass rates, as well as accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

The ranking cited the University’s accredited programs in addiction counseling and mental health counseling, in addition to single-digit class sizes, National Counselor Exam (NCE) pass rates just under 90 percent, and job placement rates of virtually 100 percent shortly after graduation.

The University’s Addictions Counseling Program is the only CACREP-accredited program in Pennsylvania and one of seven in the United States.

Top Counseling Schools’ purpose is to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions by providing pertinent and objective information that counseling students and professionals find relevant to the field of counseling.

For more information on Waynesburg’s Graduate Programs in Counseling, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/graduate. For more information on the ranking, visit http://www.topcounselingschools.org. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CEO_20160617-165655_1.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a co-recipient of the Southpointe CEO Association’s World Class CEO Award for 2016. Lee, along with co-recipient Charles Keller, senior counsel at the law firm of Peacock Keller, were honored Thursday, June 16, at a dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. 

“I am honored to be recognized by the Southpointe CEO Association,” said Lee. “This award reflects the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community. Together, we bring life to our mission of inspiring and challenging our students to pursue lives of leadership and purpose.”

Located south of Pittsburgh, the Southpointe CEO Association is supported and directed by CEOs in the Southpointe business park. In keeping with the public-private partnership that gave birth to Southpointe, the association brings local, national and international leaders together for informative events and works with government officials on all levels to build upon and expand the region's business success.

Lee joined Waynesburg University as executive vice president in October 2009. He was unanimously elected president of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. Prior to Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the Law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He also established and sold a multi-line insurance business after college graduation.

Under Lee’s leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. The University is a Pittsburgh Business Times “Best Place to Work for 2015” and recognized internationally as one of the most beautiful Christian college campuses in the world by Christian Universities Online. 

In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccredited Waynesburg University for a 10-year period. Currently, Lee is leading the $23 million revitalization of the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall, which is creating a state-of-the-art academic facility for the sciences.

Lee was named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013 and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®. He is an elder at the Presbyterian Church, has served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia and the FBI Citizens Academy. 

He is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He has also served on the Boards of the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia and Howe Cemetery. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as line officer and executive officer.

An endurance athlete, Lee is a finisher of three Ironman Triathlons and six marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and Death Valley Marathon.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-31-Relay-for-Life.jpgWaynesburg University’s Colleges Against Cancer Chapter presented the American Cancer Society with a check for nearly $25,000 Tuesday, May 31. 

The funds, raised through the Chapter’s annual Mini Relay for Life in April and throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, will help cover the costs of lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, connect cancer patients with trained patient navigators, assist with one-on-one peer support and help provide patients with transportation to and from treatments. The funds will also support cancer research. 

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, and senior Nicole Zimmel, vice president and former president of the Colleges Against Cancer Chapter, presented the check to American Cancer Society Representative Steve Gillis. Gillis, a 2008 Waynesburg alumnus, was instrumental in the first Mini Relay for Life 10 years ago.

“All monies raised at the Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life will benefit Greene County and [several] American Cancer Society programs,” said Hardie.

Approximately $9,000 was raised through online fundraising this year. 

“Students were able to utilize their social media networks to reach family and friends nationwide to contribute to their team fundraising goal,” said Hardie. “This strategy enabled the Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life to exceed their original event goal by almost $5,000.”

Members of the local community also supported the Mini Relay for Life.

“There were many community members that supported the event through the day-of and fundraisers that occurred through the academic year,” said Hardie. “A total of 12 cancer survivors within Greene County were also present and participated in the Survivorship Program.”

The Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life had 29 teams consisting of clubs, organizations, athletic teams and scholarship programs that were able to achieve their specific team goals.

“Colleges Against Cancer has already started the planning process for the Waynesburg University 2017 Mini Relay for Life,” added Hardie. “A kick-off meeting will be hosted in October 2016 in order to continue the momentum for next year’s event.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-27-Dana_Baer.jpgDr. Dana Cook Baer has been named provost of Waynesburg University, the University announced today. In her role, she will serve as the chief academic officer of the University as well as a member of the senior administrative team. 

“Dr. Baer has served the University for nearly 20 years as a professor, department chair and assistant provost,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “She brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience to this position.” 

Dr. Baer joined the University fulltime as a professor of criminal justice administration in 1998. Previously, she has served the University in various roles, including interim provost, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, interim chair of the departments of business administration as well as English and foreign languages, assistant provost for first-year studies and dean of undergraduate studies.

In these faculty and administrative roles, she has managed budgets, curriculum, advising and assessment, as well as student and personnel issues. She also has experience in working with external accrediting organizations and institutional policy development. 

“The long-standing history of success of Waynesburg University is attributable to an exceedingly talented and selfless team of faculty and staff members, administrators, board members and students who are committed to learning and serving for the glory of God,” Dr. Baer said. “I have been blessed to be a part of this team for many years. Now, I am honored to serve the campus community in this new role.”

Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Baer was a partner in the law firm of Marriner & Crumrine. She also served as law clerk for the Honorable Thomas D. Gladden, P.J., Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Baer received the University’s Lucas Hathaway Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2000, and in 2005, The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution named her the recipient of the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington & Jefferson College and a Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law. 

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