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b2ap3_thumbnail_OAKS-logo.pngThe Stover Foundation has donated $2 million to Waynesburg University in honor of the late Dr. W. Robert Stover, a beloved alumnus, trustee and patron of the University, the University announced today.

The $2 million donation is the lead gift in the University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign, which is a comprehensive fundraising initiative for the future of the University. 

“This is a time for stepping forward and for saying yes to Waynesburg University, a school that is making its mark on the world,” said Rev. Dr. Parker T. Williamson, President of the Stover Foundation. “And it is in that vein that the Foundation has determined to make a lead gift to this Campaign, one that we hope will be a launching pad for many gifts yet to come.”

Through the grant, the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership Endowed Fund was created. This fund will be used to endow the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a faculty position in the University’s Department of Business Administration.

One of America's premier entrepreneurs and leaders of Christ’s Church, Dr. Stover was a friend of Waynesburg University’s students, administrators and faculty for many years.   According to Rev. Dr. Williamson, Dr. Stover attributed his success first to the grace of God and secondly to the gifts that were so graciously given to him by Waynesburg University. 

“Dr. Stover and his wife, Joan, were an integral part of the mission and growth of Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We are thankful for the continued generosity and kindness of the Stover Foundation and Rev. Dr. Williamson. This gift will have an impact on students for generations to come.”  

The Stover Foundation supports and encourages numerous Christian ministries and educational institutions focused on Christian moral and ethical leadership. The Foundation’s generous support has also made possible the Stover Campus Center dedicated in 1999, the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and a scholarship for nursing students.

Dr. W. Robert Stover

After serving in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, earning the rank of lieutenant senior grade, Dr. Stover was one of the pioneers of the growing temporary help services industry by founding Western Temporary Services.  

This company, which he began with $800 and a rented typewriter in a tiny San Francisco office, grew to become a multimillion-dollar corporation with 200 offices in the United States and overseas including Mexico, England, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Australia, providing a wide range of non-clerical temporary help services in the marketing, medical, industrial, technical and sentry fields.

In addition to serving on Waynesburg University's Board of Trustees as both a member and chairman, Dr. Stover was the chairman of the 1971 Billy Graham Northern California Crusade and a member of the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and Young Life, member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Committee to Hire the Handicapped, Past President of the Bay Area Urban League, President of the Fellowship Bible Institute, and a Trustee of Fuller Theological Seminary.  He was also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and author of numerous articles for trade and business publications.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-22-Crosby-Lecture.jpgWaynesburg University will be hosting Dr. Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, as a guest speaker for the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series. The lecture will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“We are honored to welcome such an accomplished professional to Waynesburg University’s campus,” said Dr. Dana Cook Baer, provost. “Through her distinguished work at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, as well as in her role in conservation efforts worldwide, Dr. Baker truly embodies the vision of the Crosby Lecture Program.”

As leader of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG aquarium, Baker manages one of the nation’s major zoological parks and more than 8,000 animals. During her time as president and CEO, the park has been repeatedly recognized for its educational programs and conservation efforts.

Baker has also been honored as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, one of Pittsburgh’s Most Admired CEOs and Top Executives, and the 2015 Pittsburgh Business Woman of the Year.

The Lectureship hosting Baker, funded by 1950 magna cum laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, brings to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.


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Waynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction for the second consecutive year in recognition of its continued dedication to high-impact educational practices.

b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-COD-PA.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-COD-1718.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-COD-Christian.jpg“We are honored to name Waynesburg University as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg University for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

Institutions that are named a College of Distinction must demonstrate results in the Four Distinctions, which include engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

The assessment process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success, satisfaction measures and more.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select the best schools that are 100 percent focused on the student experience, and producing the most well-rounded graduates that are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Waynesburg University, is proof that institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one, and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

Waynesburg was also named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.

For more information or to view Waynesburg’s profile, visit

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools and resources for students, parents and high school counselors. 

About Waynesburg University

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Homecoming-0502.jpgWaynesburg University will host its annual Homecoming celebration Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30. The weekend will invite alumni, staff, faculty and students to join together for a variety of events.

During the two-day celebration, the University will sponsor its 21st Annual Waynesburg University Homecoming 5K Run and Walk, a 50th Reunion Brunch for the Class of 1967 and the Alumni Tent during halftime of the 1:30 p.m. football game on Saturday with the 5th Quarter Steak Cookout immediately following.

“Homecoming is a great time for alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with each other and celebrate being a graduate of Waynesburg University,” said Victoria Beppler, associate director of alumni relations. “There will be many opportunities throughout the weekend to learn more about the history of the University and to get a feel for the current campus life.”

The 6th Annual JacketFest will be held in Johnson Commons beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. This is a family friendly event in which current students and alumni can connect. Various Waynesburg University clubs and organizations will be present to offer something unique and entertaining.

Also on Saturday, the Paul R. Stewart Museum will feature its new exhibit “Do I Know What I’m Doing: The Multifaceted James D. “Fuzzy” Randolph.” The display will illustrate the captivating life, interests and talents of this extraordinary and beloved member of the Waynesburg family who passed away Nov. 10, 2016.

That evening, an encore presentation of “Dearly Beloved,” a comedy described as “the wackiest wedding you’ll ever attend,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. 

The special performance will mark Edward L. Powers’ 50th major production at Waynesburg. Powers is a professor of theatre and has been the director of the Theatre Program for 17 years.

Registration for many of the Homecoming events is either suggested or required. To register, visit

The full Homecoming 2017 Weekend schedule:

Friday, Sept. 29

  • Noon – Golf at Greene County Country Club (reservations required)
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Walking History Tour (reservations suggested)
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – President’s Reception at President and Mrs. Lee’s home (reservations required)
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at the Greene County Country Club, where alumni will celebrate reunion years (reservations suggested)

Saturday, Sept. 30

  • 8:30 a.m. – 21st Annual Waynesburg University Homecoming 5k Run and Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Registration is also available online.
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Paul R. Stewart Museum Open House and Tours
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Walking History Tour (reservations suggested)
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Cross Country and Track Reunion (reservations suggested)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All Alumni Check In at Johnson Commons (or John F. Wiley Stadium from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Jacketfest in Johnson Commons. Bring your family and explore the unique offerings of Waynesburg University clubs and organizations.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-go Brunch in Benedum Dining Hall
  • 11 a.m. – Dedication of the Waynesburg Unity Trail
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Class of 1967 Brunch with President and Mrs. Lee at their home (reservations required)
  • 1 p.m. – Women’s Tennis Match at the Athletic Field Complex (4260 W. Roy Furman Highway)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game: Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets vs. Grove City College Wolverines at John F. Wiley Stadium
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent at the Back Gate
  • Post-Game – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout at the back gate of the John F. Wily Stadium (reservations required)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Encore Presentation of “Dearly Beloved” (reservations required)

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Waynesburg University will host Nursing as a Career Day Thursday, Oct. 5, for high school students interested in pursuing nursing. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.

“Nursing as a Career Day is an important recruitment event that not only highlights the Nursing Program but also allows prospective students to interact with faculty in the lab and ask questions to current students,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing.

The day will highlight Waynesburg’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; it will include tours, meetings with faculty, financial aid information and lunch. Additionally, prospective students will be given the opportunity to have a discussion with student representatives of Waynesburg University’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore the University’s sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and nursing students. Specifically, students will learn how Waynesburg’s nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations and discover how the simulation lab provides an effective environment for students to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills for clinical practice.

Waynesburg University’s Nursing Program has consistently been recognized for excellence both regionally and nationally. Earlier this year, ranked Waynesburg’s baccalaureate program No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Nursing Schools Almanac has ranked Waynesburg No. 49 in the nation, earning a spot in the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools considered.

To register, go to and select Group Visit. For more information about the undergraduate Nursing Program, visit

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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