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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-14-Mindy-Walls.jpgMindy Walls, West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will be joining Waynesburg University as the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the fall.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Walls join the University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her experience in strategic management and university-level teaching, as well as her diverse background in entrepreneurship, law, public affairs and the development of academic programs, perfectly aligns with our vision for this position.”

In her role as West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Walls designed a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to connect the work of WVU’s individual colleges and centers across campus.

“I look forward to being a part of Waynesburg University’s unique and profound mission,” Walls said. “In joining the University’s faculty, I believe that my skills and experience will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the entire campus community, further enhancing the University’s outstanding reputation.”

Walls was integral in securing $1.4 million in federal funding for the development of WVU’s Women’s Business Center, which opened in February 2017 and provides training and counseling to community-based businesses, as well as WVU’s LaunchLab Network, which is an applied innovation center for students.

At WVU, she also served as a Visiting Associate Professor and the Interim Director of the EQuad Program for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Entrepreneurship Center Director for the College of Business and Economics.

Walls also served as the Senior Director of Corporate Development at Chesapeake Energy and has five years of experience practicing energy-related law.

Active in her community, Walls currently serves as board chair of the WVU Women’s Business Center Advisory Board; Vice President of Programs and Events for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a national organization for entrepreneurship educators; a member of the BBT Monongalia – Preston Advisory Board; and a member of the Finance Council at Saint Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Morgantown.

Walls holds a juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.

Waynesburg University’s W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a faculty position, was endowed through a recent $2 million gift from the Stover Foundation, which was the lead gift in the University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign. The O.A.K.S. Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising initiative for the future of the University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-8-Ohio-Honors.jpgWaynesburg University recently announced Andrew Gordon, son of Neil and Elvira Gordon, as the 2018 recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship. The Strongsville, Ohio, native will enroll as a biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major at Waynesburg in the fall.

The Ohio Honors Scholarship is presented to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences. In addition to majoring in mathematics or science, eligible students must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills.

The scholarship pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Over the course of a student’s four years at the University, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient.

“I cannot express the overwhelming gratitude I have for the Taussig family, as well as Waynesburg, for fully supporting my undergraduate education,” he said. “I can feel assured that this scholarship provides me with the means by which I can give back to the Waynesburg University community, as well as serve the people of all walks of life as a physician in the future.”

Gordon will graduate June 1 from the Buckeye Online School for Success. During his high school tenure, he was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the National Fine Arts Festival of the Assemblies of God, once winning first place for a classical piano solo.

He is very involved with his church as a worship leader and as a member of the missions board. Additionally, he participates in a multicultural ministry called Pinagpala (Blessed) Fellowship, a Filipino outreach and home group program, and serves in the Greater Cleveland Brown Bag Ministry.

Gordon’s career goal is to become a primary care physician.

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 22 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_5-7-Leon.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Robert (R.J.) Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, was named one of four valedictorians and delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony. He is the son of Bobby and Jeanette Leon.

“The honor of being named valedictorian is quite humbling,” said Leon. “I believe it’s a testament to the time and dedication I have put into my school work and academics here at Waynesburg.”

Leon received the Stover Scholars Program Scholarship and participated in Waynesburg’s Stover Scholars Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

He was a member of the Business Club and Student Investment Club, serving as president from 2016 through 2018, as well as participating in athletics as the punter for the football team.

“There’s one distinct factor in Waynesburg’s education that sets itself apart from the competition: relationships,” said Leon. “I have developed phenomenal relationships with advisors and coaches that will lead to mentors for life. I have also developed personal relationships with my fellow classmates, which will help grow my network of connections when entering the business world.”

During his time as a student, Leon earned a competitive internship at JPMorgan Chase. He served as a two-month summer intern in the Chase Leadership Development Program, working specifically on the Consumer Bank Risk Management Quality Assurance team at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

“The most memorable experience from my time at Waynesburg is to witness my growth and maturation from the time I started as a freshman until now,” added Leon. “It’s pretty remarkable how Waynesburg’s experience transformed and molded me into a person eager to start my professional career.”

Leon recently accepted a position as a risk management analyst with JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate from Elon, North Carolina; and Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, were also named valedictorians.

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 22 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_5-7-Barnard.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania, was named one of four valedictorians. She is the daughter of Gary and Jean Barnard.

“I always strive to do my best,” said Barnard. “The goal of my education is to become the best possible educator and leader. I hope to affect those I teach and interact with in a positive manner.”

At Waynesburg, Barnard was involved as a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education and the Drus Women’s Honorary Society. She was a cast member in Waynesburg’s production of “The Addam’s Family” and participated in cross country for two seasons.

Barnard most values her experiences in the Department of Education.

“In my major, specifically, early childhood education, I value the countless hours spent in the classroom,” said Barnard. “I was in the classroom starting the fall of my freshman year all the way until two days before graduation. This taught me many things that I couldn’t learn in [class].”

Barnard will be traveling to either Argentina or Uruguay for one year through the Young Adults in Global Mission program sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

“Through the program I will work closely with a congregation in my community as well as a nonprofit organization,” she added. “It is a program of mission through accompaniment. I will walk with my community with a spirit of trust, interdependence, solidarity and mutuality.”

Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate, from Elon, North Carolina; Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; and Robert Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, were also named valedictorians.

Leon delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony.

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 22 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_5-7-Flick.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 7, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Sydney Marie Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, was named one of four valedictorians. She is the daughter of Joe and Tina Flick.

Flick was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, Mill-Isbell Endowment Memorial Fund and the John L. Ross Memorial Scholarship.

During her time at Waynesburg, Flick was a member of the Criminal Justice Club, serving as president, and was involved as a peer educator.

“What I value most about my Waynesburg University education is the hands-on experience and personalized learning that each and every course offers,” shared Flick.

She will begin working as a case manager this summer for Appalachian Youth Services and concurrently pursue a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate, from Elon, North Carolina; and Robert Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, were also named valedictorians.

Leon delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony.

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 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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