The Rev. Dr. Richard E. Visser and D. Raja were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 1.
Visser is a Baptist minister with more than 40 years of service and Raja is the co-founder and chairman of Computer Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a leading national firm providing cutting edge information technology solutions.
The degrees were conferred upon Visser and Raja for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.
Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.
The following citations were read:
Rev. Dr. Richard E. Visser
Rev. Dr. Richard Edgar Visser, in recognition of your steadfast commitment to the Christian faith and to all those you have so diligently served, taught and guided through the years, Waynesburg University honors you.
A distinguished reverend, teacher and leader, your voice has influenced and motivated people throughout our nation. Your heartfelt service to the numerous communities you have served has set you apart as an outstanding role model and inspirational leader in religion, family life and community.
Your extensive scholarly work and ministry have laid a foundation for others to seek Christ and become servant leaders in today’s world. This is especially evident through your esteemed work in religious education through your involvement in the American Baptist Church Leadership Institute of Western Pennsylvania.
Your unwavering allegiance to building better communities radiates from your widespread experience in organizations such as the Community Foundation of Greene County, American Red Cross and American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware. For your devotion to service, shown in your desire to always put the needs of others before your own, we graciously commend you.
It is because of the meaningful and extensive impact you have made through your life’s work that we are pleased to recognize and honor you.
In sincere gratitude and respect for your achievements and for the ways in which you share Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with distinct honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
D. Raja, in recognition of your passion for excellence, as evidenced by your astute leadership through a career in consulting and management practice, Waynesburg University honors you.
As a recipient of the 2007 Smart Business Pacesetters Award for Chief Executive Officer Excellence, you have served as an example to young men and women who aspire to excel in their chosen careers.
Your sharp business acumen and polished leadership skills shine brightest in your work with Computer Enterprises, Inc. Your unwavering dedication and knowledge to the fields of politics and communication are evident through your successful business- and finance-focused radio show.
Your demonstrated experience speaks to a high level of professional development and a desire for continued education. These characteristics align with Waynesburg University’s drive to instill a passion for lifetime learning coupled with faith and service.
Your commitment to servant leadership rings clear through your involvement with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, ensuring Pennsylvania students and families that a higher education is both affordable and accessible to all.
Your strong ambition, influential career, and moral and business philosophies serve as examples to Waynesburg University students as they prepare to become the leaders and scholars of tomorrow.
For your enthusiasm to better the lives of others through service and mentorship, Waynesburg University appreciates you.
For your incredible work ethic, genuine leadership ability and continued drive to live a life of purpose, it is with great honor that Waynesburg University confers upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations
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