The Inauguration of Douglas G. Lee - March 25, 2014

Waynesburg University will celebrate the inauguration of the University's fifteenth president, Douglas G. Lee, as well as its 165th year and the 164th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The celebration will reflect on students, faculty and staff who have established lives defined by leadership and service.

President's Biography

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee joined Waynesburg University as Executive Vice President in October 2009, working closely with then President Timothy Thyreen. He was unanimously elected President of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013.

The Charleroi, Pa., native and son of the late Gilbert G. Lee Jr. and Donna Duvall Lee is a 1977 graduate of Charleroi Area High School and a 1981 graduate of Waynesburg University.

After graduation, he formed a multi-line insurance business, building the business while also attending law school. Lee sold the business upon graduation from law school and joined the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson. He became a partner in the firm in 1998 and managed a practice group consisting of nine attorneys and 15 paralegals.

During this time, he remained active at Waynesburg University and was instrumental in the formation of the University's Alumni Council. Dedicated to his alma mater, Lee served as a member of the Board of Trustees including Chair of the Academic Matters Committee and Board Secretary.

Lee has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, having spoken and written extensively on workers' compensation and labor and employment law topics. He is an elder at the Presbyterian Church, has served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia. He is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. 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.

An endurance athlete, Lee is a finisher of three Ironman Triathlons and six marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and Death Valley Marathon.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathryn, and they have 2 children and one grandchild.


February/March -- Try the Tri Jacket Triathlon Challenge  
March 21 4:00 p.m. Wacky Triathlon  
March 22 8:30 a.m. Day of Service Kickoff in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse
March 24 5:30 p.m. Worship Service Roberts Chapel
March 25 11:00 a.m. Inauguration Students: Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse
Faculty, Staff and Special guests: Roberts Chapel

  Immediately following Inauguration Luncheon

Students: Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse
Faculty, Staff and Special guests: Benedum Dining Hall

  7:00 p.m. Concert An Evening with Michael W. Smith
Roberts Chapel




Day of Service

Each year, our students, faculty and staff engage in 50,000 hours of academic service learning and community/civic engagement hours worldwide. This March, in honor of President Douglas G. Lee, the University will continue this tradition of service during the Inauguration Celebration. On campus, in the local community and nationwide, students, faculty, staff and alumni will take pause from their normal schedules and dedicate themselves to the Day of Service on Saturday, March 22, 2014.


8:00 a.m. Arrive at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse
8:15 a.m. Welcome and Instructions
8:30 a.m. Departures for service sites
4:30 p.m. (or before) Return to WU


    • Box lunches will be provided if your site is an all-day service project

    • Volunteers working on service sites with later departure times will be given departure instructions/t-shirts at their time of departure.

    • Half day projects are also available

Delegates & Special Guests

Ambassadors will be on campus to assist with any questions

Inaugural Ceremony

The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Roberts Chapel.

Inaugural Luncheon

A luncheon will be held for all Delegates and Special Guests immediately following the ceremony in Benedum Dining Hall.


Delegate and Special Guest parking will be available in the Chapel, Miller Hall, Physical Plant (Maintenance) and Stover Campus Center parking lots. There will be signs and security to assist you in parking in the correct lot. Parking passes for reserved lots must be displayed on your dashboard. This will allow security to identify guests who have permission to park in designated lots.

Handicapped Information

Roberts Chapel is handicapped accessible from the Marsh Center entrance (located off of the Chapel parking lot). The Benedum Dining Hall is accessible through the Fine Arts Center entrance (located in the lower level of Benedum Dining Hall). Handicapped parking is available in the Chapel, Miller Hall and Physical Plant (Maintenance) lots. Please have your handicapped tag displayed.

Transportation from Hotels

(Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn and Suites and Microtel Inn)
A University shuttle will pick up guests at the lobby doorways from these hotels at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. After the luncheon, the shuttle will pick up guests at the Benedum breezeway entrance for return to the hotels.

Delegates only

Delegates are those individuals representing a university or learned society in the procession


Please check-in between 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. in the Marsh Center located in the lower level of Roberts Chapel. A continental breakfast will be provided. Guests of delegates may proceed to the sanctuary to be seated.


Academic attire is required for official delegates who will be processing in the inaugural ceremony. Robing will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Marsh Center. Security will be provided for any personal belongings you may wish to leave there during the ceremony.


The procession will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. from the Marsh Center.

Hotel Information

Hotels in the Waynesburg Area

Comfort Inn

100 Comfort Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370

Hampton Inn

227 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg, PA 15370

Microtel Inn & Suites

300 Comfort Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370

Blocks of rooms have been reserved for these three Waynesburg hotels for March 24, 2014 (the evening before the Inauguration). We will run a shuttle from the hotels at 9:00, 9:30 & 10:00 a.m.

Additional hotels between the Pittsburgh International Airport and Waynesburg, PA

Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe

1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317
TEL: 1-724-743-5000

Cambria Suites

451 Racetrack Rd, Washington, PA 15301
(724) 223-5555

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