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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aerial-Stills-20.jpgWaynesburg University has received a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the amount of $850,000 toward two-year support of the University’s community development efforts.

“This funding will result in projects within the University that will have a direct impact on the continued development of the local community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Investments in the University’s service learning and graduate programs will enable us to achieve the positive, community-focused outcomes proposed in the grant.”

Through the grant, the University aims to increase its regional outreach by implementing a comprehensive, strategic plan that utilizes both its undergraduate and graduate programs in distinct yet complimentary ways.

This approach will include enhancements to Waynesburg University’s service learning offerings and the expansion of specific graduate programs.

Currently, University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours of service to the local community each year. This provides an annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million. By strategically coordinating volunteer service programs with government, business and community leaders, the University will be able to expand the size and scope of community involvement with increased, longer-lasting impact.

Additionally, through key input from regional employers and community leaders, the University plans to tailor its graduate programs’ curriculums to closely match current and future workforce needs, better serving the region.

For 70 years, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the competitive future and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania and in the protection, preservation, and restoration of America’s environmental heritage.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-24-McCracken-Legacy-Award.JPGWaynesburg University was awarded the 2017 McCracken Legacy Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce at an Oct. 21 dinner held in the Benedum Dining Hall on the Waynesburg University campus. The McCracken Legacy Award is awarded annually to a business or organization in Greene County. 

Jeff McCracken presented the award on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

“This award is so special because it comes from the hearts of the people of this community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It is also special because many at the University know the legacy of the McCracken family. They have touched many lives over the years with kindness and generosity and demonstrate what true American entrepreneurism is.”

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the award recipient must have demonstrated ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people as well as a commitment to social responsibility and exemplary community involvement. The business or organization selected for the award must also have demonstrated a positive social and/or economic impact on the community and exemplary civic community leadership. 

Special guests included Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta and Pennsylvania State Representative Pam Snyder, and both commended the University for its service to the county and its commitment to educating students. 

Bartolotta lauded how Waynesburg makes good people, while Snyder remarked that sometimes we forget to appreciate what’s in our backyard but Waynesburg University is a crown jewel of Greene County.

Greene County Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader also spoke.

Waynesburg University has been a leader in the local and regional economy for many years and is one of the premier partners for economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Waynesburg University community contributes approximately 50,000 service learning and community/civic engagement hours each year. Those hours provide a total annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million.

The University is proud to be one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg. Bonners contribute approximately 17,290 hours of service locally each year.

The Waynesburg University Bonner Program has developed meaningful, longstanding relationships with partner organizations in and around Greene County. Through this long-term approach, these local organizations benefit from ongoing weekly service contributed by students while students experience personal and professional growth.

With the numerous educational centers at the University, business partners and community members alike benefit from the University’s distinctive offerings. Examples include training exercises for law enforcement in the criminal justice facilities and monthly labs for homeschooled students.

Waynesburg University also has a long-standing history of supporting the local community. The University has donated more than $500,000 in recent years to the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, construction and fire safety equipment, as well as contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_OAKS-logo.pngThe Stover Foundation has donated $2 million to Waynesburg University in honor of the late Dr. W. Robert Stover, a beloved alumnus, trustee and patron of the University, the University announced today.

The $2 million donation is the lead gift in the University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign, which is a comprehensive fundraising initiative for the future of the University. 

“This is a time for stepping forward and for saying yes to Waynesburg University, a school that is making its mark on the world,” said Rev. Dr. Parker T. Williamson, President of the Stover Foundation. “And it is in that vein that the Foundation has determined to make a lead gift to this Campaign, one that we hope will be a launching pad for many gifts yet to come.”

Through the grant, the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership Endowed Fund was created. This fund will be used to endow the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a faculty position in the University’s Department of Business Administration.

One of America's premier entrepreneurs and leaders of Christ’s Church, Dr. Stover was a friend of Waynesburg University’s students, administrators and faculty for many years.   According to Rev. Dr. Williamson, Dr. Stover attributed his success first to the grace of God and secondly to the gifts that were so graciously given to him by Waynesburg University. 

“Dr. Stover and his wife, Joan, were an integral part of the mission and growth of Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We are thankful for the continued generosity and kindness of the Stover Foundation and Rev. Dr. Williamson. This gift will have an impact on students for generations to come.”  

The Stover Foundation supports and encourages numerous Christian ministries and educational institutions focused on Christian moral and ethical leadership. The Foundation’s generous support has also made possible the Stover Campus Center dedicated in 1999, the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and a scholarship for nursing students.

Dr. W. Robert Stover

After serving in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, earning the rank of lieutenant senior grade, Dr. Stover was one of the pioneers of the growing temporary help services industry by founding Western Temporary Services.  

This company, which he began with $800 and a rented typewriter in a tiny San Francisco office, grew to become a multimillion-dollar corporation with 200 offices in the United States and overseas including Mexico, England, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Australia, providing a wide range of non-clerical temporary help services in the marketing, medical, industrial, technical and sentry fields.

In addition to serving on Waynesburg University's Board of Trustees as both a member and chairman, Dr. Stover was the chairman of the 1971 Billy Graham Northern California Crusade and a member of the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and Young Life, member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Committee to Hire the Handicapped, Past President of the Bay Area Urban League, President of the Fellowship Bible Institute, and a Trustee of Fuller Theological Seminary.  He was also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and author of numerous articles for trade and business publications.

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Waynesburg University has been named to MONEY Magazine’s 2017-2018 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list, ranking in the top 7 percent of all colleges and universities considered nationwide. 

Out of the 2,400 colleges considered, 711 met the minimum requirements to be included in the ranking, which examined three primary factors: quality of education, affordability and outcomes. Waynesburg ranked No. 170.

“Ninety-eight percent of our 2015 graduates are working or studying in their chosen field within a year of graduation, and 70 percent of them choose to remain in the region, creating a consistent and positive impact on region’s economy,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Waynesburg University.

In compiling this ranking, MONEY utilized research and advice from dozens of the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing and value, according to their website, “to develop a new, uniquely practical analysis of more than 700 of the nation’s best-performing colleges.”

Twenty-seven data points were examined, including quality of education, graduates’ earnings, estimated market value of alumni’s average job skills, affordability and outcomes.

“This ranking recognizes the amazing commitment of our faculty, staff and university community to the mission of this university,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Through their consistent devotion, we are achieving these types of results in a time filled with challenges in higher education.”

As stated on MONEY’s website, “MONEY’s Best Colleges for Your Money rankings are the first to combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with all reliable indicators of alumni financial success, along with a unique analysis of how much ‘value’ a college adds when compared to other schools that take in similar students.”

For more information on the methodology behind the 2017 rankings, visit http://time.com/money/4846386/how-money-ranks-best-colleges-2017/.  

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 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_7-3-brodak.jpgStacey Brodak will be joining Waynesburg University as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, the University announced today.

“With her diverse professional background, Mrs. Brodak will make a great addition to Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Experienced in government and corporate affairs, Brodak has a broad background in communications, donor stewardship, government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, leadership and management for both the private and public sectors.

“I am grateful and excited to join the Waynesburg University family,” said Brodak. “I am hopeful that my varied professional experiences will allow me to help contribute to the success of the both the University and the region.”

Since 2012, Brodak has served as the senior advisor for government, community and media relations for Noble Energy, where she managed all aspects of communications and government relations for the company’s Business Unit.

In her role, she also implemented corporate social responsibility programs, led legislative engagement on relevant issues and worked with trade groups on planning and executing broad programs to support the organization.

Active in the community, Brodak has served as the president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the boards of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the ARC Human Services Foundation.

Previously, Brodak served as the senior director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy; senior director of donor relations for the West Virginia University Foundation; and the executive director of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Brodak holds a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University, a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from Boston College.

A lifelong resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, Brodak was born and raised in Carmichaels. She now resides with her husband and son in Washington, Pa.

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 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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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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