Waynesburg University celebrated the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 21. The University also honored the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program during the ceremony, which was held in Roberts Chapel.
Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Timothy R. Thyreen, Chancellor of Waynesburg University, served as the Charter Day speaker.
In his convocation address, “All Things Good Must Be Taught Again…Forever,” Thyreen reflected on the importance of the University’s founding mission and significance of the Bonner Scholar Program.
“The Bonner gift came at an early time in my presidency, when Carolyn and I were attempting to bring the college back to its Christian roots without the means to do so,” said Thyreen.
Thyreen shared a quote by Wayne Meisel, former president of the Bonner Foundation, who once said, “There is no other college or campus that embodies the hope and promise of the Bonner Foundation more so than Waynesburg College.”
The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars Program has been so successful, Thyreen said, because Bonner students are not the only students at Waynesburg who serve. With students, faculty and staff contributing more than 50,000 hours of service yearly, the University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.
Closing his remarks with a reference to Micah 6:8, Thyreen urged those in attendance to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.
“As a Waynesburg University student, you are challenged to discover your gifts, develop them and give God the glory,” he said.
As president of Waynesburg University from 1990 to 2013, Thyreen was responsible for unprecedented growth at the University. Among his many accomplishments, Thyreen led Waynesburg University to become the first institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to establish a Bonner Scholar Program.
Today, the University remains one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.
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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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