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b2ap3_thumbnail_Doug-Lee.jpgDouglas G. Lee, President of Waynesburg University, has been named to The Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 People list of 2013.

According to the Pennsylvania Business Central, the Top 100 People list includes top executives from some of the most successful companies, along with business people from all levels who have made a major impact in their community and business-to-business world throughout the past year.

“I am honored to be recognized by The Pennsylvania Business Central in this way,” Lee said. “In accordance with our mission, Waynesburg University has always placed high significance on serving the local community as well as contributing to the growth and development of the region.”

Lee was elected President of Waynesburg University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. He joined Waynesburg University as Executive Vice President in October 2009.

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.  

Pennsylvania Business Central, based in State College, is a biweekly business publication serving a sixteen-county region in central Pennsylvania.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s graduate career path analysis report and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results indicate an institutional commitment to a high level of faculty and student interaction.

Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. Results outlined in Waynesburg University’s NSSE report indicate a campus culture in which faculty place high importance on providing mentorship and interacting with students one-on-one.

According to NSSE, survey items on The College Student Report represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college, one of which is a high career path rate, which measures the amount of graduates on the career path they set for themselves.

Waynesburg University’s career path rate, which states that 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation, is reflective of a 77 percent response rate and is, in part, a result of practices outlined in the NSSE report.

NSSE provides participating institutions with reports that compare their students' responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions. Waynesburg University’s NSSE report indicates that, in comparison to other Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools:

  • 28 percent more Waynesburg University students talked about career plans with a faculty member
  • 20 percent more Waynesburg University students discussed their academic performance with a faculty member
  • 17 percent more Waynesburg University students worked with a faculty member on activities other than coursework
  • 15 percent more Waynesburg University students participated in a learning community or some other formal program
  • 23 percent more Waynesburg University courses have included a community-based project (service learning)

“At Waynesburg, our students are our priority,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, Waynesburg University provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Every decision we make takes into account our Christian mission and tradition. We are constantly asking, ‘how can we best serve our students?’”

Core, who joined the University in May, led efforts to expand the University’s mentoring program to provide weekly, one-on-one support for students who qualify. Through the program, mentors coach the students in building needed skill areas and maintain regular contact with students’ professors to determine strengths, weaknesses and recommendations. Mentors consist of university faculty and staff members who have volunteered to be a part of the program, including the president of the University and other senior staff members.

With a 13 to 1 faculty to student ratio, faculty members routinely spend quality time with students of all academic standings, both in and outside of the classroom. One faculty member reported that he spends more than 375 hours of face time with a student over a four-year span.

Additionally, in accordance with the University’s Christian mission of inspiring and challenging every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God, students have numerous opportunities to serve in capacities related to their specific majors, both locally and internationally. The University offered 17 mission service trips during the 2013-14 academic year, covering a variety of academic and professional interests, and contributes 50,000 hours of service each year.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
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b2ap3_thumbnail_best-colleges-RU-Best-Value.pngWaynesburg University was recently selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School – Regional Universities (North) in the 2014 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, which identifies the top 15 “Best Value Schools” in the northern region of the country.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Values Schools’ calculations take into consideration the university's academic quality combined with the 2012-2103 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

As defined by U.S. News & World Report, schools named to the list are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account.

“At Waynesburg University, ensuring that the cost of Christian higher education remains affordable for our students has always remained a top priority,” said Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University President. “As the ranking indicates, Waynesburg offers an affordable yet valuable combination of rigorous academic programs as well as service and character building opportunities.”

During the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 90 percent of Waynesburg students received some form of financial aid.

The University processes aid from a wide variety of sources, including all federal, state and institutional aid programs. In the 2012-2013 year, it awarded more than $33 million in aid to its students. This aid included academic scholarships, federal, state and institutional grants, work-study opportunities and student or parent educational loans.

For first-time freshman students, the University offers two types of renewable, four-year scholarships: Achievement Awards and Competitive Merit Scholarship Programs.

Achievement Awards range between $5,000 and $15,000 annually and are based on the combination of each applicant’s cumulative high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. This range of scholarships can cover approximately 25 to 75 percent of tuition cost. b2ap3_thumbnail_viewbook-graphic.png

Competitive Merit Scholarship Programs can cover from $2,500 to full tuition, room and board annually. These programs include the Bonner Scholarship, the Eagle Scout/Gold Award, the Jeffery and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship and the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership Scholarship. 

For more information on financial aid and scholarships at Waynesburg University, contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid at 724-852-3208 or finaid@waynesburg.edu.

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