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Waynesburg University celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day with convocation ceremony

Ashley Wise Jan 16, 2018

Waynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Marilyn House West, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., served as the speaker.

In her message, titled “A High-Octane Leader Who Would Have Been Welcome at Waynesburg University Today,” West explored King’s leadership qualities.

“King was a visionary with inherent talent and skills that lifted him up and could lift up others,” West said as she urged those in attendance to rise to King’s legacy and the legacy of all who are walking in his shoes today.

Special music was provided by Thomas Faye, a sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond and serves on several others.

She is the recipient of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Richmond’s 2015 Outstanding Women Award, and she was recognized by Style Weekly with a 2016 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She was inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2017.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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