Message from the President
Waynesburg University is an institution unlike any other.
In a complex world full of unique individuals and thousands of paths for each to take, a select group of servant leaders committed to making a positive impact on the world join together at this University in a fellowship of learning, teaching and serving. Together, we bring to life the University's important mission of inspiring and challenging every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.
Serving as educators, facilitators, motivators and mentors, Waynesburg University faculty and staff nurture and challenge the spirit of our students and guide them on their journey to become world changers, discoverers and explorers, as well as curators and stewards of God's kingdom. Our rich history reflects that Waynesburg University students have been catalysts for positive change and models for exceptional bravery and honor since the University's founding in 1849.
This is why I am proud and honored to serve as Waynesburg University's President. Building on the traditions begun by Waynesburg University founders, President and Mrs. Thyreen led the institution in a spiritual regeneration, guiding the University to new prominence in Christian higher education. The work and profound dedication of the Thyreens is an inspiration to me as I begin my own tenure as President.
My wife Kathryn and I are committed to preserving the University's traditions of academic excellence and steadfast faith to withstand a changing world. Likewise, I pledge to encourage our students and alumni to positively influence change in the world through making ethical decisions and living lives of integrity.
I believe that we as Christians have the unique and God given ability to define what we do in a way that can be a very compelling witness to the true nature of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I now have the privilege and responsibility of continuing the leadership of Waynesburg University toward that purpose.
Douglas G. Lee
About our President
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, and was recently named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013. 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.