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Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University is a private university located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. The university offers graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations, and enrolls over 2,500 students, including approximately 1,500 undergraduates.Waynesburg University was founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


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Waynesburg University and the town in which it is located are named for the Revolutionary War hero, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. The College was created by combining the assets of Greene Academy in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, and Madison College at Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Greene Academy, closely tied to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was founded in 1810 to bring higher education to those of limited means, and especially those called to Christian Ministry. During the same period, Madison College was established in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, by the Methodist Church. However, by 1838, when three Cumberland Presbyterian ministers, John Morgan, A.M. Bryan, and Milton Bird, arrived in Uniontown, Madison College had ceased to function. The three clergy secured control of the College and, in its reconstituted form, Madison operated until 1846. In April 1849, the Pennsylvania Presbytery, meeting in Greenfield, Washington County, established a committee to found a new college. The committee, comprised of The Reverend J.H.D. Henderson, General Jesse Lazar, and Samuel Moredock, Esq., chose Waynesburg as the site of the new college. The Reverend Joshua Loughran of Greene Academy was named Waynesburg's first president. The first classes were held in September, 1849, in the old Hayes Building at the corner of High and Washington Streets. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania chartered Waynesburg College on March 25, 1850. In autumn of the same year, the University building now known as Hanna Hall was begun; it was completed a year later. A Female Seminary connected with the College was also established in 1850 and its first classes were held in the Baptist Church. Today, the University celebrates over 160 years of service, the tradition of preparing students for lives of Christian service continues undiminished. As a Christian university, Waynesburg continues to deepen the integration of Faith, Learning, and Serving in practical applications.

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Waynesburg University is a Christian, liberal arts University located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Waynesburg University educates students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God. Waynesburg University educates students based upon: A commitment to the pursuit of truth in God�s world through rigorous scholarship, academic excellence and creative expressions, founded in the liberal arts and sciences. A commitment to the authority of the scriptures as the essential reference for faith and life. The scriptures inform and define our perspectives in service of Christ and his kingdom. A commitment to the integration of Christian faith within the various academic disciplines and professional programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. A commitment to employ faculty and staff members who embody the values and perspectives of the Christian faith in their teaching, personal lives and relationships with students. A commitment to understand and engage others locally and around the world, through the use of our education and talents in service of justice and righteousness. A commitment to student-centered education where the interests, aspirations and needs of each student are valued and encouraged. A commitment to welcome students from various cultures, backgrounds, educational experiences and ages to enhance diversity and contribute to the learning community. A commitment to develop students who will exhibit integrity, both personally and professionally, based upon the scriptural calling of Jesus Christ for all of life.



John F. "Jack" Wiley, former National Football League player (Pittsburgh Steelers), University of Pittsburgh Assistant Coach, and Waynesburg University's football stadium bears his name Charles E. Boyle, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania Albert Baird Cummins, the 18th Governor of Iowa, U.S. Senator and two-time presidential candidate William C. Farabee (1865�1925), Harvard anthropologist Larry Heck, WWE Athletic Trainer John Clark Knox, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Edward Martin, General in the United States National Guard, who was prominent in the development of Fort Indiantown Gap and after his death, the United States Senate renamed the facility the Edward Martin Military Reservation Thomas Ellsworth Morgan, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania Morgan Ringland Wise, member of the 46th and 47th Congress of the United States Lanny Frattare, Sports Broadcasting faculty, Pittsburgh Pirates announcer for 33 years Dave Pahanish, American Singer/Songwriter Clair Bee (1896�1983), Basketball coach, inductee to the Basketball Hall of Fame