Waynesburg University president receives Top Executive Award

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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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu