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Phillips.jpgColin Philips, senior history and political science major

Public Liaison Intern, Ohio Governor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio 

When the Ohio Speaker of the House entered a meeting room in the Ohio Governor’s Office asking, “Who here goes to Waynesburg University?” Colin Philips proudly raised his hand.  

“My favorite experience was meeting with State Representative Batchelder, whose son also attends Waynesburg,” Philips said. “I had time to talk with him about Waynesburg University in front of the other interns.”

When he wasn’t meeting with prominent legislators and leaders, Philips helped with constituent affairs in the office. He handled data entry and organization of many large petitions and responded to constituent mail, all while gaining experience in a political office during a campaign year. 

Luckily, Philips is well-versed in Ohio politics as a result of last summer’s internship with Rep. Pat Tiberi from Ohio, as well as his many meetings, tours and classes as a Stover Scholar at Waynesburg. 

“My studies at Waynesburg, and especially the Stover Center, have provided me with knowledge of how one really makes an impact on those around them in a short period of time,” he said. “My studies allowed me to be knowledgeable with the things I worked on, while experiences with politicians through the Stover Center allowed me to see how to be most effective while in a political office.”

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is an interdisciplinary scholarly center dedicated to bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and from Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square. Stover Scholars have outstanding opportunities to broaden their horizons and to deepen their understanding – from meetings with politicians such as U.S. Senator Bob Casey and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to internships on Capitol Hill. 


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ColbyElbridge_WEB_HIGH_0.jpgElbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), will present his foreign policy address, “Why We Should Worry about China, and What We Can Do about It,” Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7: 30 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the third floor of Miller Hall.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear, in person, from someone who works at the very influential Center for a New American Security, which is a major Washington, D.C., foreign policy think tank,” said Dr. William Batchelder, assistant professor of history at Waynesburg University.

In his position at CNAS, Colby focuses on strategic deterrence, nuclear weapons, conventional force, intelligence and related issues. 

He has also served as the policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission and a staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

According to the WMD Commission Report, the WMD Commission was charged with assessing whether the Intelligence Community was sufficiently authorized to identify, warn and support U.S. government efforts to respond to resources associated with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other related threats of the 21st century and their employment by foreign powers, including terrorists, terrorist organizations and private networks. 

Colby has also worked with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and the State Department. 

For more information, contact Dr. Batchelder at 724-852-3331 or 

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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History and Pre-Law

Associate Editor of Penn State Law Review and law student

State College, Pa.

Additional Info:

  • Criminal Defense Firm, Bellefonte Pa.
  • Admissions for Pennsylvania State University
  • Education | Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2010
  • Juris Doctorate, Pennsylvania State University, Expected Spring of 2015

“The greatest thing about smaller schools like Waynesburg is that while you’re there you learn that opportunities are most often created by your own option.  I learned to see opportunity in every situation, and I brought those lessons with me into the workforce and now into law school.”

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