b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR7922.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the Inauguration of its fifteenth president, Douglas G. Lee, with a multi-day event centering around a formal installation service March 25.

An occasion that is both rare and symbolic in the history of Waynesburg University, the event’s theme of “Celebrating our Heritage” put emphasis on honoring the University’s longstanding traditions of faith, servant leadership and academic excellence as well as distinguished alumni from the 1800s and early 1900s. The day also marked the University’s 165th year and the 164th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Delegates from institutions of higher education and learned societies from across the country joined the University faculty, trustees and principle administrative officers in procession at the academic ceremony in a packed Roberts Chapel.

Lee’s inaugural address focused on the University’s founding principles as well as its current state.

“With our feet planted firmly on our foundation and our eyes and minds to the future, we will combine the best of the past with the best of the present to produce leaders and scholars for tomorrow,” he said.

Lee discussed the virtues of a liberal arts, globally conscious and Christ-driven education for Waynesburg University students. He thanked Waynesburg’s faculty and staff for their commitment to shaping young minds and preparing students for “lives of purpose for the glory of God.”

Heavily referencing the University’s mission, which dates back to 1849, Lee showed gratitude and humility for the leaders who came before him.

“Fueled by the prayers and work of the generations before us, we are not afraid of the future because we have been strengthened by the past,” he said. “We have survived wars, depressions and lean, hard years, and through this process have grown stronger than ever with a resolution and commitment to faith and learning exemplified by the words carved in stone on our library and cast in bronze plaques on our buildings.”

He also challenged his colleagues, friends and guests to join him on a journey of continued faith and courage and to remain confident in the University’s students.

b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR7904.jpg“While the issues they [our students] face are large, we will not let them lose confidence because we will not lose confidence in them.” Lee said. “We must be the great encouragers.”

Echoing sentiments from the various speakers throughout the service, Lee spoke about the quality of student that Waynesburg University readies for the world.

He asserted his confidence that the University’s students, faculty, staff and alumni make an impact in the lives of others through service, describing one of the aims of a Waynesburg University education as “developing students with the personal integrity that comes when the connections between faith, learning and serving are so many and so intertwined that a life's purpose is not mere existence but transformational.”

Mark Fox, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, conducted the investiture of Lee prior to the President’s inaugural address. Fox praised Lee’s reverence for the University’s heritage and his commitment to the success of the students, stating that Lee’s attention to the past is evident in his vision for the future. 

“Widely respected for his creative pattern of intellectual leadership, he has embraced the challenges of today’s changing world, serving as a pillar of sound judgment while further advancing the University’s vital role as a leader in Christian higher education.”

Fox described Lee as “a man of great faith who embodies the very characteristics the University strives to instill within its students,” and noted that Lee is a servant leader who leads by putting others first.

“President Lee, the board of trustees has chosen you as president of Waynesburg University,” Fox said. “Yours will be the great privilege and responsibility of leading the University as it continues in its mission of inspiring and challenging students to lives of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.”

He also urged Lee to “draw inspiration from the students who aspire to become world changers; from the alumni who serve as examples of success; and from the faculty and staff who nurture and challenge the spirit of their students while remaining accomplished scholars and discoverers in their own right.”

Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen presented the University’s great Chain of Office to Lee, which is the symbol of the high office Lee now holds.

Following the investiture, Dr. Carolyn Thyreen presented a Bible that belonged to Margaret Bell Miller, the wife of Waynesburg University’s third president, A.B. Miller, to President Lee’s wife, Kathryn Lee.

“Today, Mrs. Miller’s Bible is passed down through the first ladies of the institution, a tangible symbol of Mrs. Miller’s steadfast devotion to faith, a reminder of our heritage and an inspiration to the individuals who lead Waynesburg University today,” Fox said.

Before the investiture, greetings were delivered from the United States House of Representatives on behalf of U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy by his deputy chief of staff Lou Lazzaro; the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Tim Solobay; and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Representative Pam Snyder.

Greetings were also delivered on behalf of the faculty by the University’s most senior professor, Dr. Charles A. Beiter, professor of English; from the staff by Norma Harper, the University’s longest serving employee; from the alumni by Jack Hinds, class of 1975; and from the student body by Daniel Czajkowski, Student Senate president.

Prior to the ceremony, Lee delivered remarks to University students in the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, where they viewed the event via a live feed.

b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR8233.jpgSurrounding the Inauguration, the University hosted a historic, multi-day event that kicked off Saturday, March 22, with a Day of Service. Locally, approximately 250 volunteers contributed service hours at community organizations including the Greene County United Way, the Humane Society, the Red Cross SAFE Program, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home and many more. Alumni with graduation years as early as 1955 and as recent as 2013 also served in their own communities, spanning from North Dakota to New Hampshire to Moldova.

The Tuesday events concluded with a concert for the University community, “An Evening with Michael W. Smith,” in Roberts Chapel. Smith is a Grammy-winning Christian singer.

A Worship Service led by the Rev. Dr. Stuart D. Broberg, a member of the Board of Trustees and pastor of the Church of the Covenant, was held Monday, March 24.

Lee was elected President of Waynesburg University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013.

Prior to joining Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC where he was a practice group leader in the Labor and Employment Department of the firm. He was active at Waynesburg University, being instrumental in the formation of the University’s Alumni Council and serving as the first President. He later served as a member of the Board of Trustees in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Academic Matters Committee and as Board Secretary.

He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, having spoken and written extensively on Workers Compensation and Labor and employment law topics.

Lee is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia. He is an Eagle Scout and has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association Board of Directors, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia, and the Howe Cemetery Board. He was a volunteer fireman for more than 13 years.

Lee holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Waynesburg University.  

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Waynesburg University will host spring Visitation Days for transfer students, high school students and their families Saturday, April 12, and Saturday, April 26.

Registration in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center begins at 8:30 a.m. both days. After check-in, students have the opportunity to take a tour of the campus, meet with faculty and staff in their elected majors, learn about admissions and financial aid and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

According to Kari Calvario, admissions counselor at Waynesburg University, the purpose of Visitation Days is to provide prospective students and their families with the opportunity to experience Waynesburg University. For many students, this is their first visit to campus, so it is important that they get a chance to tour it, meet with professors and learn more about the admissions and financial aid process.

“Visitation Days are designed to provide students a very informative day,” said Calvario. “They will hear from President Lee, have a chance to meet Student Services staff and representatives from student groups, tour the campus and attend a student panel.”

Approximately 2,500 students are currently enrolled in Waynesburg University’s doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 70 academic concentrations are offered at the University, which maintains its status as one of the least expensive private institutions in Pennsylvania.

In addition to rigorous academics, service is at the forefront of a Waynesburg University education. Students annually contribute more than 50,000 hours of service, working with more than 50 local, regional, domestic and international partners. University students have the opportunity to choose from approximately 18 annual domestic and international service mission trips offered during fall, winter and spring breaks.

For more information or to register for a spring visitation day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_FireFighterCheck.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the second of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.

This donation, along with the first, was given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who served as a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company for nine years, emphasized the importance of contributing to the long-term safety of the community.

“For many years, the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company has been a key component of the community’s safety,” said Lee. “As a former member, I am proud Waynesburg University can help support this vital service to the community.”

Lee, along with Robin L. King, senior vice president for enrollment and university relations, and Mary Cummings, vice president for student services, presented the donation to Jeff Marshall, fire chief.

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support for fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck from 2005 to 2007. 

The University also donated over $430,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment. 

Waynesburg University provides over $1 million in scholarships to Greene County students and over 50,000 hours of community service to the region annually, contributed by Waynesburg students, faculty and staff. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jamie_Jacobs_HighRes.jpgDr. Jamie Jacobs has joined Waynesburg University as the dean of institutional effectiveness and planning, the University announced today. In her role, Dr. Jacobs provides administrative oversight for the University’s institutional effectiveness, assessment and accreditation processes.

“There is no person who could possibly be a better fit for this position than Dr. Jacobs,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Waynesburg University. “She will play an integral role in the future of our institution, and the excitement which has followed her arrival has been palpable.”

Dr. Jacobs will also be responsible for data management, grant writing, institutional documents, institutional reporting and supporting various institutional objectives.

“I am very excited to contribute to the continued excellence of Waynesburg University and am already working with faculty and staff on several exciting projects,” said Dr. Jacobs. “I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to be a part of the Waynesburg University community.”

With experience in administration roles and as a faculty member, Dr. Jacobs brings to Waynesburg University a diverse background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Dr. Jacobs served in various roles at West Virginia University (WVU), most recently as the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. As the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, Jacobs was responsible for program operations and assessment. She also assisted with programmatic accreditation and evaluated services and recommended evidence-based practices.

Previously at WVU, Dr. Jacobs worked as a clinical therapist for the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and an assistant professor for the Department of Political Science.

WVU repeatedly recognized Dr. Jacobs for her exceptional work as an educator. Among her many awards are the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award (2003), the Golden Apple Outstanding Teacher (2002) and the Department of Political Science Outstanding Teacher Award (2002).

Published extensively, Dr. Jacobs’ recent titles include “NGOS, the European Union and the Case of the Environment,” (with Anthony Zito) in Transition Activism in the UN and EU: A Comparative Study and “Civil Society in Argentina: Opportunities and Challenges for National and Transnational Organisation,” (with Martin Maldonado) in the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Dr. Jacobs has presented at a wide range of conferences, including the National Association of Social Workers Spring Continuing Education Conference in Charleston, W.Va., in 2013.

She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in counseling from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Active in her community, Dr. Jacobs currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the Morgantown Dog Owners Group and on the Advisory Panel for City of Morgantown dog parks. Since 2011, she has been an associate advisor of Venturing Crew 21. Venturing, a co-ed youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for men and women aged 14 through 20, provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring leaders.

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Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively scoring above the national average for accredited counseling programs. One Waynesburg University student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees nationwide. 

More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for the exam.

“The NCE is the national benchmark for knowledge and skills in the counseling profession,” said Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling at Waynesburg. “Waynesburg University’s Program has reached a point in its evolution that makes it comparable to similar programs at large universities.”

The NCE is used for two purposes: national counselor certification and state counselor licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
Satisfactory performance on the NCE is one of the criteria used by the National Board for Certified Counselors to identify professionals who may be eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree and doctoral programs in counseling. To achieve accreditation, programs voluntarily submit a self-study that is reviewed against the CACREP Standards by counselors and counselor educators to ensure that students receive a quality educational experience.

Courses within Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Programs are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one or two nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

For more information, contact Tracy at stracy@waynesburg.edu or 724-743-2259.

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