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President Lee awarded Distinguished Service Award

Dec 4, 2023

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee was recently awarded the Greene County Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Award.

President Lee was one of four recipients of the Chamber’s 2023 Distinguished Service Awards; other awardees included Joesph Ayersman, Deborah Wilson and Barbara Wise.   

The Distinguished Service Awards are bestowed based on lasting contributions to community welfare, participation in civic organizations, evidence of leadership ability, success in vocation, personal and/or business progress, and cooperation with other individuals and organizations.

A servant leader at heart, Lee has led Waynesburg University in fulfillment of its mission of educating students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world since beginning his tenure as president a decade ago, in July 2013.

Lee has served 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 (AICUP). He was recently appointed to the NCAA Division III Board of Governors. Lee previously served as Chair of AICUP’s Members Services Committee for two years, from July 2020 through June 2022, and was recently elected secretary/treasurer of AICUP's Board of Directors.

In 2022, Lee was named a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and received a peer-reviewed "Very High Rating" in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Martindale Hubbell. He was selected as an awardee of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2017 Outstanding CEO’s and Top Executives. He was 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®.

In September 2015, the University was awarded Imani Christian Academy’s 2015 Leadership in Service Education Award. The University was also named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.

President Lee 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.

Lee has served on the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia, 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 two children and two grandchildren.

Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.

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