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b2ap3_thumbnail_CEOs17-Outstanding-CEOs-LOGO.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2017 Outstanding CEO and Top Executive Award. 

“It is an honor to be selected for the Outstanding CEO and Top Executive Award,” said Lee. “This award is a reflection of the unparalleled dedication and hard work of the administration, faculty and staff with whom I am privileged to serve.” 

The 2017 Outstanding CEOs and Top Executives Awards honor Western Pennsylvania's outstanding business leaders. The winners include CEOs and company presidents at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh region. Lee accepted his award at the Westin Convention Center Wednesday, April 12.

“It was no surprise to our University community that he was selected for this award,” said Heidi Szuminsky, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “Not only has he led the University to new heights, gaining national attention and rankings based on student outcomes, but he has led the University in a way that has garnered deep respect and affection from the entire University family. We are proud to call him our President.”

As stated on the Pittsburgh Business Time’s website, those chosen for the honor will have demonstrated vital leadership and customer service philosophy, outstanding employee relationships, contributions to the community and evidence that they have shaped their company's products or services to help lead their business to success. 

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.

Under Lee's leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. Studies published by The Brookings Institution, The Economist, USA Today and MONEY Magazine have placed Waynesburg University in the top 10 percent nationwide for this type of category. In September 2016, Waynesburg University was ranked No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Value School for the North” ranking.

Also under Lee’s leadership, the University has been recognized regionally by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a Best Place to Work for 2015 and internationally as one of the most beautiful Christian college campuses in the world. In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) awarded Waynesburg University reaccreditation for a ten-year period, and in September 2015, the University was awarded Imani Christian Academy’s 2015 Leadership in Service Education Award. The University has also been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years. 

Currently, Lee is serving as the Chair of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents' Council and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania. 

Lee was recently chosen as a co-recipient of the Southpointe CEO Association’s World Class CEO Award for 2016 and was named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013. He was also the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) General Greene District of the Laurel Highlands Council's 2015 Good Citizen Award and 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 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 Boards of the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia and Howe Cemetery. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as line officer and executive officer.

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

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The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science will host a Science Day for regional high school students Thursday, April 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. High school students in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties are invited, in addition to students from some West Virginia high schools. 

The Department has been working with the Waynesburg student chapter of the American Chemical Society to plan the event, which will include presentations from across the various science departments on campus. Throughout the day, participants will attend a number of sessions focusing on different areas of science. Professors will help attendees understand topics like biochemistry, relationships in geometry, physiology and computer programming, among others. 

“The purpose of the event is to show high school students that studying science is rewarding and accessible – a worthwhile pursuit in college,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “We try to plan the day as a way for them to see themselves as science students.”

Baldauff said Science Day has been held since the 1990s, and it provides University students and faculty a chance to serve the local community by sharing their love of science.

“We are able to impart an understanding not only of science knowledge, but also of the benefit to pursuing a career in STEM,” said Baldauff.

For more information, contact Baldauff at

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-7-Spring-Visitation.jpgWaynesburg University will host a Spring Visitation Day Saturday, April 22, for interested high school students and their families. Registration will take place at 9 a.m. in Roberts Chapel.

Following registration and a student activities fair, the University will present information about the admissions process and financial aid. Students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty in their area of interest and participate in a campus tour. The event will end with lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

“Spring Visitation Day is a great way for high school sophomores and juniors to begin their college search and get their first look at Waynesburg University,” said Jackie Palko, director of admissions. “This is the perfect opportunity for families who prefer a large group setting.”

Waynesburg University enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students, with more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study.  The University has consistently been ranked nationally as a top school for value, including being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking.

To register, visit, email or call 1-800-225-7393. Questions should be directed to Renee McElligott, senior associate director of admissions and campus visit manager.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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_4-5-facility-of-the-year.jpgThe National Softball Association of Western Pennsylvania (NSAWPA) recently recognized Waynesburg University’s softball field as the 2016 Facility of the Year. 

Sandy Sullivan, NSAWPA’s State Director for Western Pennsylvania, and Ray Sullivan, NSAWPA's Umpire-in-Chief and West Virginia State Director, presented the award to Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and Larry Marshall, the University’s Director of Athletics, Wednesday, April 5. 

“Waynesburg University has been privileged to host the NSAWPA for the last several years,” said Marshall. “The Waynesburg University Showcase is an excellent time for prospective student-athletes to enjoy a university atmosphere.”

Each year, the NSAWPA holds girls fast pitch tournaments at the University’s field. The 2017 Waynesburg University Showcase will be held June 23 through 25. For registration information, visit    

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Dr. Karen Fisher Younger (Humanities) was asked to be a part of a documentary film titled, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia” as a result of her research article, “Philadelphia’s Ladies’ Liberia School Association and the Rise and Decline of Northern Female Colonization and Support.” 

Jill Sunday (English, Writing Center) had two creative nonfiction pieces, “Facebook Ghosts” and “Clairhaven Street” accepted for publication by Appalachian Anthology of Literature, forthcoming in April. Sunday also was first runner up for The Donald Murray Prize in Creative Nonfiction for her piece “Essential Truths of ‘The Sermon in the Suicide.’”

Dr. Janet Paladino (Biology) is working with close to 40 students in Service Learning, Environmental Science majors, Ecostewards and the Biology Department on the trail this semester.  She expects that they will be able to log over 800 hours of service work on the trail by April.  She is also working with the community to get access to a small portion of the trail that the borough owns.

Edward L. Powers (Fine Arts) directed his 49th major production at Waynesburg University through the spring musical, "The Addams Family.” The show featured 25 student actors, 12 student technicians and 3 student musicians. Significant contributions were also made by art students who helped paint the scenery as well as student ushers. Overall, more than 45 students were involved in some capacity in this production. The success of the 2017 musical also relied on the time and talents of Dr. Ronda DePriest, Melanie Catana, Andrew Heisey, Dr. Xela Batchelder, Jim DePriest, and Melinda Rush.  During its four performances, "The Addams Family" entertained well over 800 audience members.

Dr. Bob Randolph (English) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dr. Randolph also had a chapbook of poetry accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.

Dr. Taunya Tinsley (Graduate Counseling) served on a panel sponsored by the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues in Counseling titled, “Honoring both Religious/Spiritual and Sexual Diversity Simultaneously: Is it Possible?” Dr. Tinsley was also nominated for a board position with ASERVIC, which she accepted; the election will be held in the fall. Dr. Tinsley serves as the Chair of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Mentoring Program, and will continue in this role during the 2017-18 year. Dr. Tinsley was nominated as president-elect for AMCD and accepted the nomination; the election will be held in the fall.

Dr. Jamie Dessart (English) has had a paper, “Iron Man’s a Woman?  The Great Tradition Meets Transculturalism,” accepted for presentation at the Popular Cultural Association annual conference, in Seattle, April 11-16, 2017.

Dr. Rick Pierce (English) read at the Climacus Conference in late February at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Louisville, Kentucky.  The conference theme was “Encountering God.”  Rick read by invitation to the conference.  He gave two readings, one for 15 minutes, and one for 30 minutes, the latter followed by a q & a.  Both readings have been posted to Ancient Faith Ministries—a well-known Orthodox website.  

Dr. Julia Bausman (Education) is continuing her research at Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach Center. Her research is titled, “Survey of Elementary Students’ Attitudes Toward School and Homework Before and After They Attend a Christian After-school Tutoring Program.”

Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) assisted with the Scholastic Art and Writing regional awards ceremony at California University of Pennsylvania. Heisey serves on the Scholastic Board. Heisey and The James D. Randolph Kiltie Band played at CMA Church of Morgantown as the closing act at the church’s annual talent show.

Dr. Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) spoke at The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh’s Northside in Pittsburgh in mid-February.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) is attending the PAC-TE Spring Conference in early April – Pathways for Collaboration: Higher Education and P-12 Partnership.

The American Midland Naturalist this January includes a paper by Dr. Wayne Rossiter (Biology) and alumnus Gabrielle King. Dr. Rossiter has established a new relationship with Janet Clayton (a West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Biologist) and will be helper her do freshwater mussel surveys and relocations, as well as mudpuppy surveys on Dunkard Creek.

Melva Hartzog (Graduate Counseling) was selected into the 2017 Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Mentoring Program class.


Noteworthy Student News:

The Yellow Jacket student newspaper won 11 regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and five statewide awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, making 16 total awards for the 2016 calendar year. This surpasses the record of 11 total awards set last year. This year marks the third year out of the past four that SPJ has recognized the Yellow Jacket as one of top three non-daily newspapers in the four-state region. Dr. Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) advises the Yellow Jacket.

Richard Antinone (DNP Student) spoke as a guest speaker on the Pilgrimage Advance Team, Nursing and Nursing Students, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers, Ltd.: Volunteer and Medical Professionals Conference in Miami, Florida.

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