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“to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.”


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WAU President Weymouth Spence and WAU Board Chair Dave Weigley at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Message from Dave Weigley Washington Adventist University Board Chairman


would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports Washington Adventist University (WAU)—from our students, faculty, and staff to our alumni, constituents, and Board of Trustees. I would also like to thank Dr. Weymouth Spence and his administration for their dedicated leadership and ministry. During the last five years, we have witnessed many positive accomplishments at our university. WAU expanded service to students and constituents with the opening of the Gail S. & Bruce E. Boyer Health Professions and Wellness Center. We also launched new programs such as the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and the Master of Education in School Counseling. The university’s new Honors College provided a distinctive Model United Nations global-advocacy experience to prepare students for leadership and service. We continued to partner with Adventist HealthCare to provide nursing students and graduates with training, scholarships and job opportunities, and an inaugural endowed Nursing Department chair at WAU to address nursing shortages. We are very proud that, during the pandemic, WAU students and alumni were recruited to serve as essential workers to provide acute care in nursing and other health professions. We are also pleased that WAU is in the process of acquiring the former hospital campus and working with a developer who will help us to realize long-term benefits and opportunities. We have faced many challenges, but none as difficult as leading education during a global pandemic. In cooperation with state and county guidelines, and for the health and safety of our students, the university had to transition fully to an online format overnight. With teamwork and agility, they facilitated classes and academic activities, as well as worship services and Bible study classes virtually. Today, we rejoice over the baptisms of several students who accepted Christ during this unprecedented school year. The ripple effects of this crisis will be felt for years, and it will take all of us working together to recover. Moving forward, we will need to ask ourselves some hard questions about sustainability, financial health, academic viability, and how to deliver education in the post-pandemic world. We must find a way because our university plays a unique role in the spectrum of Seventh-day Adventist higher education. It’s the only four-year institution of higher learning in Montgomery County, Maryland. It’s the only Adventist university in the Nation’s Capital, providing opportunities for real-life engagement and experiences with national and world leaders in a variety of career fields. The educational experience is made richer because of the diverse student body that chooses to study in an environment that represents an international population. WAU makes quality education available and accessible to many who might not otherwise find it affordable. And we provide a strong spiritual framework that embraces and embodies our faith-based values and principles. As I think about the blessings of the past five years, and the journey ahead, my hopes for Washington Adventist University remain high! Courage,

Dave Weigley, Ph.D., MBA Chairman 4

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Dave Weigley (Chairman) Rick Remmers (Vice-Chair) Weymouth Spence (Secretary) Emmanuel Asiedu Jorge Aguero Tim Bailey Renee Battle-Brooks Hanna Blake Bruce Boyer Stephen Brennwald Marvin Brown Vijayan Charles Bob Cundiff Duane Dorch Terry Forde Henry Fordham

Gary Gibbs Andre Hardy Preston Hawes Tim Bailey Deborah Hill Jerry Lutz Sandra Loughlin Donald Melnick Charles Tapp Lois Peters Richard Rajarathinam Albert Reece Donovan Ross Carol Stewart Anthony Stahl

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Seth Bardu Evelyn Bata Larry Boggess Hamlet Canosa José Cortés William Cox Phyllis Edmonds William Ellis Shawn Fordham Stanley Grube Ron Halvorsen Andre Hardy Ray Hartwell Mike Hewitt Bill Miller Erik Wangsness


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State of the University


elegates and members of the Washington Adventist University learning community, based on reports from the various units of the University, internal and external assessments, and most importantly, feedback from the students we serve, we are continuing to fulfill the Mission our founders identified in 1904. Due to the abundant blessings from God and the significant contributions of our trustees, alumni, employees, and friends of the university, WAU is growing with excellence.

tently move the university forward from surviving to thriving. An example of such as outcome is the vision of Trustee Reece to transition the Honors program to the Honors College. WAU now operates the only Honors College in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Another example that demonstrates institutional recognition is the tangible support from Adventist HealthCare. Under the leadership of Trustee Forde, they are offering annual scholarships to nursing students in addition to the endowed director of the nursing program.

In measuring our performance and guiding our operational and strategic planning, we continue to focus on the six pillars of excellence – Quality, People, Finance, Growth, Service, and Community. Over the past five years, these principles have helped pave the path for increased operational performance and outcomes. Our learning community, even in a COVID-19 environment, remains dedicated to these standards of excellence. With God’s guidance, we continue to produce outstanding graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.

The outcomes of our graduates continue to be the measure of our success. Let me share with you a sample (with his permission) on how WAU is engaging minds and transforming lives:

It is with joy that I extend a WAU welcome and appreciation to the members of our constituency. Our amazing faculty, staff, and students have significantly contributed to the growth and development of the WAU learning community. This document will provide you with a synopsis of their work that resulted in outstanding growth and accomplishments over the past five years. Especially over the past twelve months during the pandemic. The Board of Trustees was diligent in setting the measurable bold goals and standards for a thriving institution of higher education. It is an honor to report that with divine support and a dedicated, hard-working faculty and staff, we were able to exceed many of these standards and consis-


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Dear Dr. Spence and Dr. Kisunzu, My name is Andrew Schug, and I just graduated from WAU’s BSNRN program. I wanted to let you know that I was unsure about attending WAU at first. I was not raised in a house with God; I come from a home of atheists, so I was a little unsure of what it would be like attending a school under the church. I didn’t know if I would connect at a Seventh-day Adventist school. In the last decade, I have personally experienced a life that would suggest that there is a God. I choose to believe and that belief transformed into faith. I strengthened my spiritual connection with God at WAU through daily prayers in class and your chapel services on Wednesday. I don’t think I would have gotten through the rigorous requirements of a Nursing program without belief, so before my new life as a busy RN in northern Nevada starts, I just want to say thank you for being a part of the leadership at an establishment that provides more than education to people but an opportunity to strengthen their own faith through God in the world. Finally, All the teachers were great, but I’d like to provide a few names of specific teachers that I feel made a difference. Dr.

Downs, an adjunct Biology Professor. His teaching style was perfect for me; he always periodically asked questions in class that refer to previous teachings, which helped me build on and retain information. He was the most consistent at teaching like this. Dr. Helen Wilson, her belief in me and unwavering ability to help me grasp key components in nursing were critical, and her service and dedication to my success will never be forgotten. Lastly, Dr. Griffin, who at first I was scared of, but always clearly communicated the expectations and welcomed my input as a student representative. No matter how busy she was, she always made time for me and followed up on any concern I had to make sure it was addressed. I felt appreciated and accepted by all; you did a good job selecting these professors! God Bless you, Andrew Schug BSN-RN

We continue to be fully committed to the Seventh-day Adventist Christian vision of excellence and service. Our location, diversity, and dedicated faculty and staff continues to be our strength. WAU is continuing to play a critical role in educating professionals that are equipped to be transformative moral leaders for the 21st Century and for eternity. Our foundation is based on how Jesus was educated: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and humanity” (Luke 2:52). Washington Adventist University is moving forward with a new shared strategic vision. Vision 2030 - Distinctive Excellence in Student Success is the motto we adopted to reflect our transformative journey to excellence. The WAUPLAN will be our guide to grow and transform Washington Adventist University into a thriving and distinctive institution of higher education, defined by its excellence in student success.

Distinctive Excellence in Student Success will require a visionary community that is synchronized and aligned behind a commitment to producing graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities worldwide. Moving forward together will allow WAU to emerge as a premier private Christian university that engages minds and transforms lives. Together we will continue to cultivate and implement best practices so that WAU will be recognized as the best place for students to learn and for employees to work. Vision 2030 is the most ambitious endeavor in WAU’s history. When the plans and actions are implemented, every student, employee, program, and infrastructure associated with the University will be transformed. To do this, we need you and all those who have walked WAU’s halls and experienced its impact to contribute. Together, fulfilling the vision for 2030 is an exciting and glorious possibility! Constituency members, Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the university thank you for making the past 117 years and the recent five years a transformative period for Washington Adventist University. WAU continues to be on track to become a learning community of the highest caliber and be recognized nationally and internationally for its academic excellence and preparing students to exit through the Gateway to Service to serve humanity.

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In measuring our performance and guiding our strategic plan, we have focused on the six pillars of excellence; Quality, People, Finance, Growth, Service, and Community. Over the past ten years, these principles have helped pave the path for increased performance and outcomes, and our learning community remains dedicated to these standards of excellence. We strive to produce outstanding graduates who are committed to service and excellence.

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Key Performance Indicators | Balanced Scorecard







i Restated from prior reports. ii 5-year average not available; 3-year average/trend used. iii 5-year average not available; 4-year average/trend used. iv Partial data; not all programs reported. v Goal achieved; Retention 75% achieved Fall 2016 and 77% achieved Fall 2017; DOE score maintained at 3.0. vi 5-year average not available; 2-year average/trend used. vii 2020 goal is currently under discussion for revision towards 2030. viii Number is an estimate based on a half year due to COVID-19.

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1 The Student Retention KPI reports the retention rate for freshmen from the Fall of the previous year who returned in the reported Fall timeframe. For 2019/20, n=170 (2018 cohort of full-time, first-time, bachelor’s). Vision 2020 goals met. 2 The Graduation Rate KPI reports all completers within 150% of the standard time to complete any degree. This rate is calculated from the starting cohort of native first-time, full-time degree seeking freshmen. For 2019/20, n= 114 (2014 cohort). 3 Cohort Default Rate KPI is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year. 4 % of Students Meeting Learning Outcomes includes measures such as embedded assessments, exit exams, portfolio reviews, etc. For 2017/18, Out of the total of 938 students were assessed for various learning outcomes across all programs in the academic year; 749 met expectations. For 2018/19, 2,987 students were assessed, 2,506 met expectations. For 2019/20, 2,774 students were assessed, 2,357 met expectations. 5 The % of Program Outcomes Met KPI reports the percentage of learning outcomes (across all programs) where the goal for that learning outcome was met. For 2017/18, out of the total of 132 assessed learning outcomes across all programs in the academic year, 76 were met. For 2018/19, 172 learning outcomes were assessed, 109 were met. For 2019/20, 145 learning outcomes were assessed, 122 were met. 6 For Licensure/Certification, the 2015/16 pass rates for Medical Imaging (AART n=6, 100%); Nursing (NCLEX n=7, 43%); Education (PRAXIS II n=28, 93%); Psychology (n=6, 83%). For 2016/17, Medical Imaging (AART n=8, 100%); Nursing (NCLEX n=10, 50%); Psychology (n=4, 75%). For 2017/18, Nursing (NCLEX n=18, 83%); Psychology (n=11, 73%); Medical Imaging (AART n=5, 80%). For 2018/19, Nursing (NCLEX n=40, 73%); Psychology (n=6, 83%). For 2019/20, Nursing (NCLEX n=50, 68%); Medical Imaging (AART n=5, 100%); Psychology (n=6, 83%).


7 The Employee Engagement KPI reports a composite score from the annual employee job satisfaction survey. Likert scale 1 thru 5. 8 Employee Performance Appraisal Score – The current Faculty Performance Appraisal (FPA) was piloted in 2011/12, and used since. Both staff and faculty evaluations are reported on a Likert scale 1 thru 5. For 2017/18, employee appraisals were: staff n=42, faculty n=44; for 2018/19: staff n=59, faculty n=43; for 2019/20: staff n=46, faculty n=29. Goal met. 9 The Employee Retention KPI is based on the number of voluntary and involuntary departures vs. WAU/WGTS full- and part-time employees. Goal met.


10 The Student Satisfaction at Graduation KPI is based on the annual Graduating Student Satisfaction Survey – Likert scale 1 thru 5. In addition to this survey, we utilize NSSE to assess student satisfaction and engagement. For 2019/20 n=152 11 The Customer Satisfaction KPI reports on feedback provided by internal customers, students, alumni, and external vendors. For 2019/20, the surveys were conducted for Library (n=108), Admissions (n=45), ITS (n=32), SGPS (n=25), Facilities (n=15), other departments less than n=10 were HR, COIRE, Provost, and Accounting. Likert scale 1 thru 5.


12 The Composite Financial Index is a comprehensive measurement of the financial health of an educational institution. 13 The Department of Education Financial Responsibility KPI is a quantitative econometric measurement of the ability of an institution to manage Title IV funds. The score ranges from -1.0 to 3.0. A score greater than 1.5 indicates the institution is financially responsible. 14 SDA Recommended Working Capital – The church requires that working capital is equal to or exceeds 20% of operating expenses. This KPI is equal to working capital / 20% of operating expenses. Beginning in 2020/2021, SDA Working Capital will be replaced with a goal of nine months of Working Capital.


15 Gifts and Grants from the annual Independent Auditors’ Report – Financial Statement. It includes State & Federal Grants & Contracts (including Federal and State Financial Aid), Private Gifts & Grants, and Church Subsidies & Gifts. The prior goal for Gifts and Grants was $14M. 16 The Development Cost to Private Donations KPI is the ratio of the cost of raising donations to private donations. 17 Enrollment Headcount is the number of undergraduate and graduate students as of the official Fall Census date. 18 New UG Students is the total number of new traditional undergraduate students in the Fall semester. Freshmen are first time in college, degree-seeking students and Transfers are any student that has previously not attended WAU at any time.


19 Student Community Service is the average hours of community service per student, which is the total number of community service hours divided by enrollment (headcount). WAU has won the President’s Service award three times in recent years. The Employee Community Service KPI will be reported next year with 2020/2021 data with a goal of 40. 20 Organizational Relationships is the total number of the University’s partnerships, memorandums of understanding, and articulation agreements.

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Key Performance Indicators | Benchmark comparisons

24 Source: National Center for Educational Statistics/IPEDS Data Center. 25 The national benchmark for Student Retention and for Graduation Rates is for full-time, first-time, degree-seeking students at private, not-for-profit institutions. Source: nces. 26 For Licensure/Certification exams, the national pass rate for BSN programs the Nursing (NCLEX) exam is 87.1%, and for Respiratory Therapy first-time test takers (CRT Entry Level – 72.6%, Advanced – 78.7%) Source: NBRC Horizons. There is no national average pass rate for Praxis II, as this exam varies by state. 27 The national benchmark for Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction is across all industries. Source: Society for Human Resource Management. Retrieved from 2017 report, which covers 2016 results.

31 Source: Council of Independent Colleges – Financial Indicators Tool. The CFI national average lags a year behind the other benchmarks. 32 The Similar Institutions benchmark for the Composite Financial Index is based on institutions similar to WAU in Carnegie Classification, and not on the following Similar Institutions Peer Group. 33 Competitors benchmark for the CFI is for the mid-east region, and not the following Competitor Peer Group, as this is the closest benchmark available. 34 For the 75th percentile nationally, and not the following Aspirants group, as this is the closest benchmark. 35 Source: Not all schools are available in each group.

28 The national benchmark for Employee Retention is based on Educational Services. Source:

36 No public institutions were included in the Gifts and Grants benchmark, as these receive more state and federal grants than private institutions.

29 The national benchmark for Student Satisfaction is for 4-year private institutions only. Source: and SSI report 30 The national benchmark for Customer Satisfaction is across all industries, as a benchmark for higher education is not available. Source: ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index).

37 The national benchmark for Gifts and Grants is based on Title IV participating, private not-for-profit, degree-granting institutions with a master’s degree as the highest degree granted. n=539. 38 Source:

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39 National schools’ benchmark is based on the Carnegie Classification of WAU, Masters Colleges and Universities: Medium Programs; n=191. 40 The IPEDS auto-generated peer group is based on WAU’s Carnegie Classification.

Benchmarking Comparison Groups: WAU has selected four evolving comparison groups: an aspirant group of institutions that are similar in some respects but exceed our tracked KPIs in several areas; a group of competitive peers with which we cross student applicants; a peer group automatically generated from the federal database of institutions of higher education (IPEDS) based on similar institutional characteristics including but not exclusive to Carnegie Classification, enrollment, religious governance, teaching faculty size, and endowment; and the NAD SDA colleges and universities. A single institution may be listed in more than one group.

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Barton College (Wilson, NC) Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH) Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, IA) Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY) Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Fayette, MO) Coker College (Hartsville, SC) Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY) Corban University (Salem, OR) Crown College (Saint Bonifacius, MN) East Texas Baptist University (Marshall, TX) Franklin College (Franklin, IN) Hannibal-LaGrange University (Hannibal, MO) Hilbert College (Hamburg, NY) Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Campuses (Stockton, CA) Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL) Huntington University (Huntington, IN) LaGrange College (Lagrange, GA) Maranatha Baptist University (Watertown, WI) Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, TN) McMurry University (Abilene, TX) Midway College (Midway, KY) Newberry College (Newberry, SC) Olivet College (Olivet, MI) Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science (Paul Smiths, NY) Tennessee Wesleyan College (Athens, TN) Thiel College (Greenville, PA) Thomas College (Waterville, ME) Thomas University (Thomasville, GA) University of Great Falls (Great Falls, MT) University of Jamestown (Jamestown, ND)

Stevenson University (Owings Mills, MD) 21Competitor Peer Comparison Group Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando, FL) Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI) Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) La Sierra University (Riverside, CA) Miami Dade College (Miami, FL) Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL) Pacific Union College (Angwin, CA) Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN) Southwestern Adventist University (Keene, TX) Strayer University (Washington, DC) Union College (Lincoln, NE) University of Maryland, University College (Adelphi, MD) University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD) University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD) University of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) University of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) Walla Walla University (College Place, WA)

SDA Peer Comparison Group


Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando, FL) Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI) Kettering College of Medical Arts (Kettering, OH) La Sierra University (Riverside, CA) Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL) Pacific Union College (Angwin, CA) Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN) Southwestern Adventist University (Keene, TX) Union College (Lincoln, NE) Walla Walla University (College Place, WA)

Aspirant Peer Comparison Group


Catholic University of America (Washington DC) Elon University (Elon, NC) La Sierra University (Riverside CA) Loyola University (Baltimore, MD) St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD)

Janette Neufvillle is the WAU’s Chief Compliance Officer and leads the office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

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t Washington Adventist University, learner success comes first. Excellence in teaching, learning, and service makes up the core of our mission.

We dedicate ourselves as a learning community to the continued pursuit of excellence and recognize our members’ dignity and worth. With these as fundamental principles, the following values guide our actions: Integration of the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ: We will model the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in all aspects of the learning community. Commitment to Quality: We take personal responsibility for continuous improvement and commitment to lifelong learning as we celebrate creativity, innovation, service, and the success of learners. Respect: We insist on an environment of respect. Our actions reflect the respect we hold for our students, our colleagues, our community, and ourselves. We must trust each community member as an individual deserving of kindness, dignity, and fairness. All are gifted; all are valued. Trust: We honor the trust placed in us by our students, the learning community, and our colleagues. With trust, we act openly and ethically, motivated by a cooperative and collaborative spirit.


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Considerate, Open Communication: We take responsibility to share information, encouraging the exchange of ideas, listening without judgment, and speaking with honesty and openness. Accountability and Integrity: We hold ourselves and others accountable for our professional and personal actions, acting responsibly and conducting our business with integrity. Our Spirit of Community: Our learning community is built on a commitment to excellence, engagement in the learning process, mutual respect, and courtesy. This commitment is an integral part of everything we do and is observed when we: -Respect the rights and property of all . -Uphold personal and academic integrity. -Practice honesty in communication. -Listen to others’ viewpoints. -Support diversity. -Apply cost-effective measures of resources. -Work with others to uphold these standards. -Model the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

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MSCHE, AAA, & NASM Accreditation


n 2017, at the five year reaccreditation point, WAU provided a Periodic Review Report (PRR) and a compliance report which resulted in full reaccreditation, several commendations, zero recommendations, and full recognition of compliance with federal and state compliance areas in the report.

Transition from Vision 2020 to Vision 2030 WAU has maintained a continuously updated multi-year plan that has been reevaluated and recast annually since 2008. However, in 2014, President Spence formalized the next five years of plans (2014 through 2019) in a document published and referred to as the 2020 Plan. The signature strategic theme of this plan was a theme of accountability, setting the tone for continuous institution-wide assessment of plans and goals. The plan is driven at the department level, whereby each of the academic departments planned actions support the overall goals of the University. The overall impact of the WAU 2020 Plan is that outcomes have improved in most areas, and some improvements have been significant. Some of the outcomes that have improved are said by experts to be the most difficult to move within a decade, never mind within five years. Specifically, there has been a solid improvement to the finances. Student retention and graduation rates peaked, setting back-to-back records, and aggregated student learning outcomes have also improved. - Source, Assessment of 2020 Plan Vision 2030 plan towards the next decade for WAU provides lofty goals helping every student meet their academic goals while incurring minimal debt. Additionally, bold goals are set to improve the finances of the institution, provide for pay increases, and raise enrollment.

Partnership Grants • Project Success – Department of Education and ECMC, • Emergency Grant for Students - $47,000 (to date) (Janette Neufville) – 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017 • Food Pantry - $10,000, Janette Neufville – 2021 • Medical Group Foundation Grant – Honors College - $184,000 to date (Brad Haas) – 2012 to 2020 • AmeriCorps VISTA – Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Program to fight poverty - $20,584 (Richard Castillo) – 2020

WAU Outcomes


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100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 55%

New Programs In accordance with our commitment to ensure that our WAU degree offerings align with market needs through which our students will receive employment opportunities, WAU included the following offerings, which have been launched since the last constituency meeting: Honor’s College First and Only Program in the SDA NAD Bachelor’s Music Therapy First and Only Program in the SDA NAD M.Ed. (2016) School Counseling Bachelor’s Medical Imaging


Program Approvals Medical Imaging


Joint Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology 2016-2021


American Music Therapy Association



Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Maryland Board of Nursing


40% 35% 30% 25%

2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012




Recognitions Received by Academics Adventist Encyclopedia Revised - Editor

Dr. Doug Morgan

Social Mobility

Rank 22: Regional Universities

2021 U.S. News & World Report Final Edition

Medical Imaging

Board Passage: Employment Rate



Music Therapy (2017)

First Program in North American Division

(More clinical hours than any Maryland Medical Imaging Program)

Department Highlights MUSIC

Great Value Colleges for Music Majors #56 Nationwide 2020



Adventist HealthCare Endowed Chair for Nursing Ranked #8 Best Bachelor’s $100,000 in Counseling, 2020 #6 Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Counseling 2021


Enactus U.S National Championship Award (Third Place Opening Round) 2019

43% Represents the highest ever recorded institutional grad rate.

As part of VISION 2030, WAU is committed to partner with students to achieve a 100% graduation rate, as defined by the Federal Department of Education.

2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017


2018-2019 2019-2020


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Partnering Academies Our WAU Value Proposition to the Union’s academies and high school students through which = 15-30 General Education Requirements are Earned = 1 Academic Year of College Credits (Accelerated Degree Completion) occurs at:

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Blue Mountain Academy Fletcher Academy Highland View Academy Mount Pisgah Academy Shenandoah Valley Academy Spencerville Academy Takoma Academy Thunderbird Academy Yeshiva Greater Washington Academy Vienna Adventist Academy


“As I look at the situation and the prospects here, I am filled with hope and courage…I am so thankful that our work is to be established in this place. Were Christ here upon the ground, He would say, ‘Lift up your eyes and look on the fields for they are white already to harvest.’” “My Hopes for this Place are High!” (Ellen G. White, June 15, 1904)

WAU Fiscal Support Examples of fiscal support through which the WAU commitment to distinctive excellence in teaching and learning is experienced includes, but is not limited to the following:

ECMC Emergency Aid Grants for Students

$45,000 to date (Janette Neufville) in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

Dr. Ronald & Dr. Beverly Anderson Foundation $50,000 in 2021

ECMC – Grant for Food Pantry $10,000 (Janette Neufville) in 2021

Medical Group Foundation Grant

Honors College - $184,000 as of January, 2021 (Brad Haas) in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

AmeriCorps VISTA

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Program to fight poverty - $20,584 (Richard Castillo) in 2020

Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) Equipment & Materials Award for Personal Protection Equipment for COVID-19 $10,350 (Tijuana Griffin, PhD; Carelle Varona) in 2020

Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) Equipment Award for Pyxis: Medication Dispensing Machine $3,440 (Tijuana Griffin, PhD; Carelle Varona) in 2020

Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium Grant Award for Nursing Department $248,565 (Tijuana Griffin, PhD; Cheryl Kisunzu, PhD; Carelle Varona) in 2018

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David Jones Research Center Due to the complexity of his work, Jones has always enjoyed critical appreciation, if not overwhelming popularity. In recent years the David Jones scholarly community has grown as younger scholars are finding the richness and relevancy of Jones’s writings, artworks, and cultural theories. Given Jones’ interest in multiple as aspects of culture and faith, a research center focused on his work is an excellent fit for the interdisciplinary curricular focus of the WAU Honors College.

Center for Global Programs


“An opportunity for 14 students from Columbia Union academies will participate in The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) conference, one of the oldest and largest Model United Nations (MUN) conferences in the world.” Students came from Highland View Academy, Spencerville Academy, and Pine Forge Academy.


Model United Nations in the nations capital, including students from 6 states and 2 international countries.

Center for Law and Public Policy

Annual Constitution Day activities, such as interview with Errin Haines of the 19th Project.

Adventist Archives Lectureship

A lecture on Black Millerites by Dr. Benjamin Baker.

Honors College


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National Recognition

Social Mobility

Diversity & International Student Body

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges – America’s Best Universities 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021

University Research and Reviews Best Value School (less than 100 selected from 2400 schools) 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017

Niche | A+ for Diversity #1 Most Diverse School in Maryland, #35 Most Diverse Colleges in America 2021

U.S. Department of Education and ECMC Project Success – selected as flagship school in 52 of thousands of schools, a pilot support program for Minority-Serving and Under-Resourced institutions 2017 Council of Independent Colleges Top Nine Innovative Colleges in Sector, Case Study Report 2016

U.S. News & World Report #22 Top Performers on Social Mobility 2021 Washington Monthly’s Annual College Guide & Rankings – Ranked 11 of 695 schools in addressing the gap in graduation rate between Pell recipients and other students. 2018



College Raptor #1 Association of Independent Institutions (AII) Ethnic Diversity 2020, Top Colleges & Universities for Racial & Cultural Diversity #35 Nationally U.S. World News Best Colleges America’s Best Universities Most International Students

Campus Safety, Location, Faculty Ratio Niche #1 Safest Colleges Campus in Maryland #4 Best College Location in Maryland 2021 College Raptor Top 10% (#40) Student Faculty Ratio in Association of Independent Institutions Mid East (AII), Top 30% First Year Retention Rate in AII 2020 Niche | #1 Safest College Campus in Maryland, #2 Most Conservative School in Maryland, #234 of Safest College Campuses in America (of thousands) 2020

Student Service

Capital Improvements

Washington Monthly’s Annual College Guide & Rankings ranked 27 of 695 for the percentage of alumni in the Peace Corps 2018

Gail S & Bruce Boyer Health Professions & Wellness Building 2018

Students and faculty participated and administered COVID-19 tests and vaccines across the region in cooperation with Adventist HealthCare, Montgomery County, and Takoma Park. 2020-2021

Campus-Wide WIFI Upgrade, Halcyon Hall Flooring Improvements 2018 Parking Lots (New & Renovation) & Ball Field Renovation 2016 -2021 Cafeteria Renovation in Wilkinson Hall 2016

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Faculty and Staff


Helen Wilson, DNP Maryland Higher Education Commission: The Academic Nurse Educator Certification (ANEC) Award $5000 2020

Ralph Johnson, PhD Presidential Citation from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (International) and a Mayoral Citation from the City of Baltimore. 20 years of service in creating and directing the Alpha Phi Alpha Leadership Academy for Collegiate Brothers

Weymouth Spence, EdD

Cheryl Kisunzu, PhD, RN

Maryland India Business Roundtable MIBRT

The National Society of Leadership and Success

Outstanding Academic Administrator

Excellence in Teaching Award and Membership



2017 Douglas Morgan, PhD

Olive Hemmings, PhD

Change Agents, The Lay Movement that Challenged the System and Turned Adventism Toward Racial Justice 2021

Sacra Testamentum

McAdams Adventist History Research Grant for Black Adventists in Urban America, 1900-1954 - $10,000 (Douglas Morgan, PhD) 2016



Book project with theologians of all denominations across the globe titled Whom the Son Sets Free: Liberating Doctrines for the Conservative Church 2020

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Athletic Director of the Year, & Coach of the Year The Association of Athletic Institutions

Patrick Crarey



2020 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Men’s Basketball Player Of The Year and 1st Team All-American (Student Xavier Sewell), 2nd Team All American (Students Jay Davis, Elijah Maynard) 2020 - National Association of Independent Institutions – Men’s Basketball, Player of The Year and 1st Team All-Conference (Student Xavier Sewell), 2nd Team All-Conference (Students Mastadi Pitt, Elijah Maynard), Champions of Character (Student Freddy Liriano)

Student Athlete and Employee Awards & Recognition

2020 - National Association of Independent Institutions – Women’s Basketball, Newcomer Of The Year – (Student Sarah Shamdeen), 2nd Team All-Conference – (Student Amber Morman), Champions of Character (Student Chynna Smith) National Association of Independent Institutions – Softball, All Conference (Students Eryn Scott, Clarissa Cruz, Erin Greenlaw, Annabelle Estrada), Champions of Character (Student Annabelle Estrada)

2020 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Women’s BasketBall, Student Athlete of the Year (Student Monica Chica); Women’s Soccer, 1st Team All-American (Student Jennifer Santos), 2nd Team All-American (Students Jhenifer Portillo & Laura Perez); Volleyball, 2nd Team All-American (Students Spring McCarthy, Dasia Legette, Cristal Salazar) 2019 - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics – Volleyball, National #4 Player in Service Aces per Game (Student Spring McCarthy); Women’s Soccer, National #5 Player in Saves per Game (Student Laura Perez), National #6 Player in Shots on Goal per Game (Student Jennifer Santos); Women’s Basketball, Champions of Character (Student Courtney Tooley) 2019 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Men’s Basketball, Player of the Year (Student Therence Mayimba), 1st Team All-American (Students Therence Mayimba & Xavier Sewell) 2019 - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics – Men’s Soccer 1st Team All-American (Student Stefone Coburn); Men’s Basketball, Defensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year 1st Team All-Conference (Student Therence Mayimba), Champions of Character (Student Charles Vines) 2018 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Men’s Basketball: 2nd Team All-American, and Association of Independent Institutions – Honorable Mention (Student Charles Vines)

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2018 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Women’s Basketball: 2nd Team All-American (Student Amber Morman), Honorable Mention (Student Courtney Jenkins) 2018 - National Association of Independent Institutions: Champions of Character Team – Women’s Basketball (Students Courtney Tooley & Demyra Selby) 2017 - Men’s Basketball NAII Divison II National Champions – National Association of Independent Institutions – Men’s Basketball: Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-American, Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player (Student Brian Bridgeforth), Champions of Character Award (Student Charles Vines), Conference Tournament All-Tournament Team (Students Tyrus Fleetwood & Elliot Meredith) 2016 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Player of the Year and All-American Men’s Basketball (Student Brian Bridgeforth) 2016 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Men’s Basketball: Player of the Year and 1st Team All-American (Student Brian Bridgeforth), 2nd Team All-American (Student Tyrus Fleetwood) 2016 - United States Collegiate Athletic Association – Women’s Basketball, 1st Team All- American (Student Jerria Mcdaniel-Brown), 2nd Team All-American (Student Olivia Turner) 2016 - NAIA National Association of Independent Institutions – Men’s Basketball: Newcomer of the Year, Defensive of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference (Student Brian Bridgeforth)



Daniel Moreira recieves praise from his WAU Soccer teammates on the WAU Athletic Field. He also recieved •A.I.I. Second-Team All-American (2016) •USCAA Second-Team All-American (2018) •A.I.I. Second-Team All-American (2020) •USCAA Second-Team All-American (2020) (WAU Athletic Photography by Randolph Robin,

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Distinctive Excellence In Student Success


Diversity of Countries In addition to the United States, over 50 countries were represented in the student body during these past five years.

Niche – A+ for Diversity - #1 Most Diverse School in Maryland, #35 Most Diverse Colleges in America 2021

Niche – A+ for Diversity - #1 Most Diverse School in Maryland, #50 Most Diverse Colleges in America 2020

College Raptor - #1 Association of Independent Institutions (AII) Ethnic Diversity 2020, Top Colleges & Universities for Racial & Cultural Diversity – #35 Nationally 2019

Niche - #50, Most Diverse Colleges in America 2018

U.S. World News Best Colleges – America’s Best Universities: Most International Students 2018

Federal Asian Pacific Council – in appreciation for support & commitment in diversity & inclusion 2018, 2017, 2016

Niche – A+ for Diversity (#32 Most Diverse Colleges in America) 2016

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Ranked #41 (of over 4000 schools) for graduating African American students with Master’s degrees in Psychology 2016

U.S. News & World Report – America’s Best Universities: Most International Students – 1st in Region 2016

2018 saw the highest enrollment for international students over the last decade, even beating the count of international students in 2011, which was the year of WAU’s overall record enrollment.

Diversity of Wealth, Societal Classes, Race & Ethnicity WAU is recognized by the Department of Education for serving: • Students in the neediest socio-economic background, with over 40% of the student body as Pell recipients. • •

As a minority serving institution. (MSI)

As a Predominantly Black Institution. (PBI)

A third of the student body as the first generation in college.

A third of the student body as adult learners, returning to finish a first degree.

Over the last five years, the percentage of Hispanic traditional undergraduate students continues to rise, to now 25% of that group, with the most recent freshman class at 40% Hispanic. During the same period the percentage of African American, Caucasian and Asian students in that group fell slightly. SGPS adult learners are proportionately more African American, and Hispanic, and less Caucasian, while the percentage of that group that are Asian remained flat. Conversely, the graduate student population is slightly more Caucasian, Hispanic, and international than in years past, but less African American.



As an under-resourced institution. (evidenced by Title III and V eligibility)

Diversity of Faith Diversity is also seen across the faiths of WAU students. The denominations of students are also varied and diverse as the welcoming refrain is often repeated that “all God’s children are welcomed at WAU.” The number of students who choose not to disclose any denomination has risen among traditional and adult learners (SGPS). Confirmed Adventist Student Enrollment by Percentage

Despite this diversity of faith, WAU students report a higher degree of spirituality and having their lives changed in terms of knowing Jesus than students at other Adventist Colleges as reported on the National Survey of Student Engagement.

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Degree Completions WAU is committed to serving our students, transforming their lives, and enabling them to meet their academic goals as well as their career and future study choices. Overall, the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2019-20 is relatively consistent with the prior year, but up compared to the five-year average. Nursing remains the largest bachelor’s program producing graduates.

Retention & Graduation Rates Student success indicators like the graduation rate, and retention rate have all seen records set during this period. WAU’s highest and second highest rates of retaining freshmen were set during the past five years, highlighted in the table below. Additionally, the school’s highest graduation rate since this metric was ever required to be reported, occurred during the past five years with the incoming cohort class in 2014. The six-year graduation rate has risen steadily to an all-time high this past year (2019/2020) since graduation rates first began to be reported at WAU in the 1980s. The graduation rate has risen steadily since 2006, earning WAU recognition across national platforms. The improvement to these rates is attributed to the concerted parallel strategic actions of multiple offices, some of which include: •

Offering the 8th semester for free for those who complete their degree in four years

Reducing the credits of almost all programs to 120 credits

Publishing degree completion plans for all programs

Financial aid and emergency aid for students that may have dropped out due to financial needs

Modifying the bulk rate so students can take more than the minimal number of credits in a semester

Improvements to mentoring, tutoring, and other support practices

Greater attention to advising practices

Exit interviewing and intervention.

Social Mobility Social mobility for underserved populations and justice across all racial groups is an important aspect of WAU culture. Sixty percent of WAU students are in poverty, as evidenced by PELL eligibility, with 66% facing housing insecurity and many others with precarious finances and lacking basic needs (source: Student Financial Wellness Survey, Trellis/ECMC survey of WAU students, January 2019). The following chart lists groups of students who are currently outperforming the overall cohort of all students.

Graduate Naomi Rodriguez and President Weymouth Spence outside of the Maryland State Capital Building.

Student Outcomes


Social Mobility (Cont.) Because WAU is outpacing many schools in serving these particular populations that include those that typically at risk, such as those in poverty, the first-generation students, and African American males, etc., the following recognitions were earned during the past five years. •

U.S. News & World Report ranked WAU as #22 for Top Performers on Social Mobility in 2021, up from #72 in 2020.

Washington Monthly’s Annual College Guide & Rankings ranked WAU in the top 10% overall, ranked 11 out of 695 schools in addressing the gap in graduation rate between Pell recipients and other students in 2018.

CollegeNET – Social Mobility Index Ranking ranked WAU 316 of over 1300 schools, in the top quartile in 2017.

University Research and Reviews – WAU was selected as a Best Value School in 2018 and 2017. Less than 100 are selected from 2400 schools.

WAU’s track record in fighting poverty is further validated by our earning several state, regional, and federal poverty-related grants and recognition:

AmeriCorps VISTA – Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Program grant to fight poverty in the fall of 2020.

AmeriCorps VISTA – First Generation Ambassadors Program grant, in 2011 to fund access and intervention for students who are the first in their family to attain a post-secondary degree, resulting in a 33% increase in first generation students in the freshman class, and steady increases over the three years of the program, and improvement to this cohort graduation rate as compared with the full incoming classes.

Salary after Attending WAU During this five-year period, a comparative study was done on the salary earned by WAU graduates after attending, as compared with the salary of students from other NAD schools. WAU was fourth in the comparison group:

Mohammed Saeed Alqahtani graduated with a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Intercultural Communications. He is now an International Relations Officer at UNESCO and living in Paris, France.

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• Increased the Enrollment funnel from 725 accepted students in the Fall of 2017 to 1391 in the Fall of 2020, a 91% increase over the past four years. • Created a campus tours office for campus visits in October of 2017. • Created a Virtual tour March 2020. • Implemented the CRM tool in November of 2019. The implementation continues with the build out for SGSP beginning in January 2021 with expected completion end of 2021. • Implemented the use of electronic transcript data (Parchment) for incoming high school and college transcripts in February of 2019. • Implemented the use of Hobsons for all public schools in Maryland 2019. This puts WAU in front of all Maryland high school students and guidance counselors doing college searches. • Implemented the use of mass text messaging to enhance the current email messaging in Fall of 2019.

Student Rodrigo Lima is Baptised at Sligo Church by Staff member Brendon Alburty

• Implemented multiple virtual/zoom meetings at the start of the pandemic to cover topics such as the application process for majors/program offerings, Honors College, Nursing, and Financial Aid in March 2020. • Implemented the use of real time/live chats in the May of 2020. • Implemented the use of Mongoose text messaging in March 2021 with the CRM for unlimited texting. • Worked with the WAU Music Department to coordinate the Columbia Union wide Music Festival, as the first ever Virtual Music Festival in March 2021. • Added a fully online application process tied to the CRM for seamless data flow for the specific areas of international students, transfer students, and students previously enrolled at WAU in January 2021. • The Admissions department enjoyed two baptisms in the Admissions in Fall 2020- one a student and one a staff member.



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Lupita Matadi tural Communications, “I found a home there; I loved my department.” One of her most impactful professors was Dr. Joan Francis, “Although I wasn’t in her department when I was in mock trial, she treated me like I was. She mentored me.” Lupita Matadi mentions how invested Dr. Francis was in all her students’ lives, going out of her way to check in with them and ensure that they were on track to graduate on time. Another impactful professor was Professor Richard Grant, “I’m an English teacher because of him. He made me feel like the worst speaker.” He encouraged her to say what she meant, exactly how she meant it, especially noting that she should never be overly apologetic as a woman in academia. After spending some time working in the public relations field and experiencing the cutthroat environment, Matadi began volunteering at a DC Public Charter School aiding students in their writing, “I found myself enjoying the writing upita Matadi, class of 2011, is a Washington Advenpart as an afterschool tutor more tist University alum currently working as a high school than I enjoyed the work I did during the day going to my PR English teacher and adjunct professor at Washington job.” Noticing her passion for her work with children, one Adventist University. During her senior year of high school, of the supervisors she worked with encouraged her to work Matadi attended college days at both American University with kids full-time. From there, Matadi got her third degree: and Columbia Union College. The culture at CUC astound- A Master’s in Education in English with a concentration in ed her, “Everybody was out and about […] It felt like you Literacy. “I enjoyed being that person to show the variations were kickin’ it in somebody’s living room. Everyone just of communication that it doesn’t have to be boring. People seemed to connect.” When Matadi attended American that look like you can speak well, write well, and teach well.” University’s college days, the feeling just didn’t seem to Matadi is in her tenth year of teaching, “I wanted to work compare. It seemed harder to connect to people; there with people who looked like me with a background that was wasn’t a central location where students spent time with like mine and let them know that you can be a stellar writer each other; it just wasn’t the same, “I wanted to go someand know how to code-switch.” Lupita Matadi carries her where where I knew I could make lasting connections.” spirit of advocacy with her in teaching every day, utilizing it After deciding to attend CUC, Matadi majored in Public to create an equitable classroom that uplifts and celebrates Communications: Public Relations with a minor in Intercul- the diverse backgrounds of her students and colleagues.

“I found a


home there; I loved my department.”

Alumni Highlights


Ronald Lee Anderson R onald Lee Anderson, MD At the cusp of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Ronald Lee Anderson was just one of several Pine Forge students who were asked to integrate the dormitories at what was then known as Washington Missionary College (subsequently named Columbia Union College, and presently Washington Adventist University) in 1959. Dr. Anderson faced racial prejudices that made his college experience somewhat difficult, “Many of my college classmates had never been in a classroom with Black students. They appeared to believe that Black people were intellectually inferior, and they did not have firsthand experience to counter that belief.” However, Dr. Anderson didn’t let his peers underestimate him from achieving great things. Following his graduation from Columbia Union, as the school’s first Black Pre-Med major, Dr. Anderson was accepted into the Howard University College of Medicine. There he pursued a residency program in Ophthalmology. With God’s help, Dr. Anderson went on to become the first Black Adventist eye surgeon. After completing his ophthalmology residency, he joined the United States Army as a Major and served as the Pentagon’s eye surgeon until 1974. Dr. Anderson has committed much of his work to aid and strengthen the Black community. He has “set up a free eye clinic in a depressed area of D.C., providing financial support for students to attain a Christian education, providing free ocular screenings throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, providing free eye care for uninsured patients, and sharing my ophthalmic techniques with colleagues of various races and ethnicities.” His commitment has also

reached into other countries, ministering as a missionary in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and South America. Last year, on May 25, after the tragic death of George Floyd, sparked a nationwide conversation about the issues of systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. WAU joined this conversation on June 12 when it held a Zoom Town Hall Meeting; Dr. Anderson was one of the guests in attendance. In his letter to Dr. Spence, Dr. Anderson extended his gratitude for the “thoughtful and well-executed,” Town Hall Meeting. “It provided an opportunity for participants, including myself, to vent a bit on experiences they had while being Black at WAU or a predecessor college,” he wrote. Dr. Anderson was especially fond of the participants’ diversity, noting that it “showed a wide range of participants and brought clarity to instances of discrimination.” Today, Dr. Anderson continues in private practice at the offices in the Metropolitan area. Dr. Anderson has recently established a $50,000 Endowment with WAU, for African-American students in financial need. A part of the still-ongoing fight against racism and discrimination. “Washington Adventist University has initiated the dialogue on systemic racism and discrimination, and that is a meaningful first step,” Dr. Anderson stated. He believes that discourse must continue amongst a diverse group, offering a perspective on what steps to take to make our world better today and in the future, rather than focusing on actions made in the past. Continuing the conversation will lend knowledge and a better understanding of what actions we must take to improve our communities. “....From Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. Similarly, I look forward to the time when our nation will sincerely pledge to: ‘one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for All.’ It is my belief that an improved America will have a very positive impact on the world.”

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Jose Cortes Jr.

2021 Alumni Weekend Speaker

Conference, Pastor Cortes worked with the Greater New York Conference, Potomac Conference, and taught Jesus and the Gospels on this campus when it was still known as Columbia Union College. Upon arriving on campus this year, Pastor Cortes was taken back to his days at Columbia Union College; nights spent with Morrison Hall deans--Earl Blackwell, Glen Mylon, and Tim Nelson--, joint worship at Halcyon Hall with Dean Renee Phillips, and the men and women basketball games in the gym. “Good memories and not so good memories,” Pastor Cortes said, “but things that have made my time at Columbia Union College [WAU] memorable.” He was also reminded of the time he preached his first sermon in English at Sligo Church.

“I want to

be known as a Christian”


n April 17, 2021, Washington Adventist University was honored to have Pastor Jose Cortes, Jr., speak for Alumni Weekend. Pastor Jose Cortes, Jr., graduated from Columbia Union College in 1994 and is currently serving as the Associate Ministerial Director of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While working with the Atlantic Union Conference, Pastor Cortes founded the Compassion Movement. In addition to working with the Atlantic Union

In his message entitled “This One Thing,” Pastor Cortes spoke about the importance of love. He shares his numerous interactions with non-Adventists that illustrated what the Adventist church is known for; “I don’t want to be known just for my diet. I do not want to be part of a church that is known just for our hospitals. I do not want to be part of a church or a faith community that is known just because we live longer than anyone else...I want to be known as a Christian...I want our church to be known for what Jesus wants us to be known for!” And what does Jesus want us to be known for? Love. In this message, Pastor Cortes conveyed the importance of showing love for others because “love is the distinctive characteristic of God.” Pastor Jose Cortes, Jr., concluded with a simple yet profound point: “If people don’t see us as a community of love, they will never accept us as a community of faith and hope.”

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Geoffrey Morgan Alumni Of The Year 2018


eoffrey Morgan is the Vice President, Project Executive at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland. He is the senior project executive responsible for replacing the existing 109-year-old hospital campus. Previously, Geoffrey served as the hospital’s Vice President for Clinical Services and as Chief Operating Officer. His more than 30 years of clinical, operations, and executive management experience provide a unique perspective invaluable to developing the upcoming Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center in Maryland. In addition, his education, coupled with his previous experience and current responsibilities, gives him a unique role in unifying the evolving challenges of hospital operations with the demands of executing the strategic plan for the new replacement facility. A degree in Respiratory Therapy from Washington Adventist University helped set the direction his career would take and formed the early building blocks to experience and learn clinical hospital operations. He also received an undergraduate degree in Health Services Management from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Management and Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland.

Alumni Of The Year


Hanna Blake Alumni Of The Year 2019


anna Lee Blake is an attorney with Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, located in Northern Virginia. She focuses her practice on construction litigation and suretyship, representing contractors, owners, subcontractors, and sureties in all aspects of public and private construction projects. She has also worked on diverse projects, including a professional baseball stadium, water treatment plant, urban housing development, major hotel, convention center complex, and an extensive university library. Hanna earned her law degree at Howard University in 2004, where she was a Merit Scholarship Recipient in 2001 and 2002. She holds a BA in History/Pre-Law from Columbia Union College, magna cum laude, earned in 2001. Hanna joined Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald as a first-year associate after having clerked at the firm. She also clerked for a Washington, D.C.-based immigration law firm where she managed all labor certification cases, including preparing case packets for filing with the Department of Labor. Hanna holds a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED AP) designation. The LEED® rating system is the national-recognized benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance buildings. She is a member, former chair, and chapter director of the National Association of Women in Construction, an author for numerous publications, and has given many presentations throughout her tenure.

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Dr. Grant Leitma

Alumni Of The Year 2020


r. Grant Leitma, class of 1978, currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling. Committing 39 years to Washington Adventist University as an educator, Dr. Leitma holds a tremendous impact on both WAU and the Adventist community. Dr. Leitma began his journey at Washington Adventist University in 1974 when it was still known as Columbia Union College. Entering the CUC campus as a History major with a minor in Education, he made the switch to majoring in Psychology after taking Introduction to Psychology with Professor Robert Schwindt. Dr. Leitma notes that Robert Schwindt brought an entirely new perspective to psychology and his approach to teaching impressed Dr. Leitma so much that he immediately went across the hall to the Registrar’s office and declared a second major in Psychology. Graduating in 1978 , Dr. Leitma continued to pursue becoming a professor, completing his master’s and doctorate degrees. In 1982, he began teaching psychology and history at CUC for 11 years before being appointed as Chair of the Psychology Department in 1994. As a WAU professor, Dr. Leitma teaches psychology from a holistic perspective—in mind, body, and spirit. He notes that he is grateful for this because he wouldn’t be allowed that opportunity at a public university. He believes that part of psychology’s appeal is its multidisciplinary nature and its integration of the mind and body, “It is a hybrid science—taking the best of all these fields and putting them together.” Recently, Dr. Leitma had the opportunity to co-author an article with a senior Psychology major student, now an alumna of WAU, Angelisa Andrade. The article was published in The Encyclopedia of Seventh-Day Adventists. Alongside his colleagues, Dr. Leitma has instated several running programs at WAU. In 2002, he started the Forensic Psychology minor and implemented Clinical Mental Health and Counseling Psychology in 2009. In addition to all of this, Dr. Leitma created the psychology master’s degree programs with a new Master’s in Education School Counseling, “I’m pleased I could be the chair and keep the program going. To get what contribution I can to encourage students to get a good Christian, Biblical foundation in psychology. I want students to know that they can be both a scientist and a Christian at the same time.” Moving forward, Dr. Leitma hopes to push awareness for a model of mental health he calls “soul wellness.” On soul wellness, Dr. Leitma said, “Soul wellness is the integration of the mind, the body, and the will in terms of the soul. Psychology is derived from the Greek word ‘psyche,’ which means the soul. It affects everything—our relationships, our work, our health, etc. These three things together, when they’re functioning properly, make strong soul wellness.” Dr. Leitma plans on starting a new minor in Drug and Alcohol Addiction and is also working on a new course called Telehealth, where counselors learn to provide services virtually. “I want to grow the department and keep us challenged—provide more of the best programs we can for our students,” says Dr. Leitma, “I want to see our school grow and not just in psychology, but as a whole.”

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Student Life Counseling Services

Over the course of the last five years, the Office of Student Life experimented with several models of counseling services to support the emotional and mental health of the students. Those models ranged from utilizing graduate students in the Counseling Psychology Master’s program to hiring part-time professional, licensed clinicians to offer counseling to our students. In the fall of 2019, the university funded a full-time Counseling Psychologist position, and after a search process, hired Kean Baxter as the campus counselor. It quickly became evident that this was not the optimal model, given that we had just one counselor for over 600 undergraduate students. With the rise of telehealth in higher education, the WAU administration researched this option and decided to adopt it. In the fall of 2020, we contracted with TimelyMD that now provides 24/7 telehealth for both students’ physical and mental wellbeing. Within the first six months of using WAU Telehealth, students have responded favorably to the service, rating it 4.9 on a 5.0 scale, as reported by TimelyMD, which logs students’ use of and participation in its myriad services.

Creation of the Inaugural Drum Major for Justice Award for the MKL, Jr. Program Although the Office of Student Life started the Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Commemoration Breakfast in 2012 and held on the federal holiday, it has grown in attendance and impact over the last five years. Due to the pandemic, this year’s program was held in a virtual format through the Zoom platform. As part of this year’s program, the Drum Major for Justice Award was launched and Claudia Allen, a social justice activist and speaker, was its first recipient. The award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in the area of social justice advocacy and activity. 54 54

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Service Days The Ministry Office also takes the lead in coordinating the two community service days per academic year that WAU offers to the students and employees. Each semester, Each semester, the university closes for a day and all students, faculty, and staff select a service initiative in which to participate from a list of possibilities. Through this program, students and employees get the opportunity to provide some type of service to the surrounding community. The following data reflect how many participants we’ve had in our missions and service day initiatives over the last five years: 2015 - 2021 - Mission Trips and Service Day Total Participants - 3,258 Total Hours of Service - 34,265

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is given by the Sullivan Foundation, which is a network of about 70 colleges and universities in the American South that recognizes individual students who have consistently demonstrated a sustained commitment to service to others and whose character is exemplary.WAU undergraduate students in good standing may be nominated. This year’s recipient is Marie Claire Kaberamanzi (pictured above), a refugee from the Congo, whose family fled when war erupted, displacing many of her family members. She has spoken to the United Nations and other international humanitarian organizations about the plight of refugees, particularly females.

WAU Student Food Pantry WAU submitted a grant proposal to ECMC to fund the start of a food pantry for WAU students and recent alumni. The university received $10,000 as a result of that proposal and the food pantry has been launched. The soft opening of the pantry occurred during the week of April 12, and the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Saturday, April 17, as part of Alumni Weekend. Special guests for the ceremony included the Mayor of Takoma Park, the President of the Alumni Association, and the Student Association President. The pantry will be a student run enterprise that will be supervised by the Center for Student Life.

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his financial report is based on five years of evidence from Washington Adventist University’s audited financial statements from fiscal years 2015 through 2019. In the fiscal year 2015, WAU’s financial position consisted of $37.3 million in assets, $8.4 million in long-term debt, and $23.6 million in net assets or equity. By the end of fiscal 2019, WAU assets had grown to $58.5 million with $17 million in debt and $31.9 million in unrestricted net assets or net assets without donor restrictions. $18.6 million of capital improvements were made during this time, including a new health wellness building, ball field, parking lot, and various smaller but no less important renovations to the campus. The addition of the Gail S. and Bruce E. Boyer Health and Wellness Center has made a tremendous contribution to the education of our Nursing and Health Wellness programs on campus. The building includes state-of-the-art nursing labs and improved teaching facilities.

Unrestricted Net Asset Growth* Washington Adventist University practices the six pillars of excellence – Quality, People, Service, Community, Growth, and Finance. The People pillar refers to employees, and the Service pillar refers to the customer, especially customer service. Growth, we consider one of the most important pillars. The graphs below show our growth in Unrestricted Assets and Net Assets.

(in millions)

Unrestricted Asset Growth* (in millions)

* Assets include cash, receivables, property, plant, and equipment. Net Assets are equal to equity or assets minus liabilities.



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Total Assets and Net Asset grew from the fiscal year 2015 base, but experience downward pressure in 2019 as shown below. Total assets began in 2015 at $47.2 million and ended in 2019 at $58.5 million. Total net assets began in 2015 at $31.7 million and ended in 2019 at $33.5 million.

Unrestricted Net Asset Growth* (in millions)

Unrestricted Asset Growth* (in millions)

We have established a balance scorecard that shows quantifiable data related to important key performance indicators for each of the pillars of excellence. Our three finance indicators are Composite Financial Index (a measure in higher education of financial health), NAD working capital percentage, and the Department of Education’s financial responsibility score. Below are the last five years of indicators beginning with FY 2015.

FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019 FY 2020 Dept of Ed Responsibility Score 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.2 Primary Reserve Ratio 51% 57% 61% 45% 52% Net Op Rev Ratio 2% 0% 8% 9% -11% Net Asset / Total Asset 65% 59% 76% 68% 54%



Fiscal Year 2019 was a challenge that included an overall loss, which accounts for the dip in working capital from 84% of the required NAD working capital to 18% of the required NAD working capital. A revised business plan, which was implimented during the current fiscal year, is increasing the focus on programs with sustainable enrollment based on our market research and experienced census for those programs. The School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which was designed for adult learners, is engaged in adding a marketing campaign to improve enrollment results. Resources are being realigned to improve future enrollment as well as efficiency and effectiveness. These initiatives should help improve revenue growth that should translate into higher margins and greater working capital percentages.

$17.8 Million in New Investment 1,257,832 30,315

1,477,940 2,650,990


Land Improvements Equipment Building Improvements

Buildings Computer Upgrade

Operating Cash Flow Operating Cash Flow

FY 2016 760,477

FY 2017 384,976

FY 2018 (3,025,593)

FY 2019 1,339,532

FY 2020 1,522,575

Total 981,967

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2016 Honorees

2018 Honorees

Health and Human Services. An alumna of Washington Adventist University , Clara served as Regional Health Administrator (RHA) for Region IV, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ largest region.

Adventist University, Shalini was honored for her Excellence in Global Humanitarian Service. She currently serves as the President and CEO of Christialis in Uganda.

Clara Henderson Cobb – Honored for Excellence in

Liz Murray – Honored for Excellence in Inspirational

Academic Persistence. An Alumna of Harvard University and best-selling author, she takes her readers on the personal journey of how she went from being a homeless teenager to being a Harvard graduate.

Dave Weigley – President of the Columbia Union and

Chair of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees honored for his Excellence in Organizational Leadership.

2017 Honorees Isiah (Ike) Leggett – Honored for Excellence in Public

and Community Service. The first African American elected to the office of County Executive of Montgomery County Maryland.

Mark & Brenda Moore – Established the Mark &

Brenda Moore Family Foundation in 2010, contributing to several causes, including the Mount Vernon Hospital’s expansion program, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Posse Foundation, the Hopkins House Early Childhood Learning Center, and the Community Coalition for Haiti, just to name a few.

Anna H. Wang – A posthumous honoree for Excellence in Benevolent Service to Humanity in 2017, Anna H. Wang established the first pharmacy and first women’s hospital in her area during the Sino-Japanese War.

Dr. Hyveth Williams – An alumna of Washington Ad-

ventist University, she was the first female professor to receive the SDATS Daniel Augsburger Excellence in Teaching award. She was honored for Excellence in Scholarship and Transformational Pastoral Service.

Shalini G. David – Nursing graduate of Washington

Harry R. Jacobson, M.D. – Honored for his Excellence

for a Legacy of Healthcare Innovation, Dr. Jacobson has made an incredible mark on the healthcare industry, ranking No. 35 on Modern Physician’s 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare as of 2018.

Drs. Asefa Mekonnen & Belen Tesfaye – Honored for Excellence in Patient-Centered Medical Care, Drs. Asefa Mekonnen and Belen Tesfaye focus their philanthropic work on education and healthcare to under-served communities.

LTG Nadja Y. West – Honored for Excellence for a Life-

time of Military and Veteran Service, LTG Nadja Y. West is the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command.

2019 Honorees

Terry Forde – President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest health system in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was honored for Excellence in Health Care Administration and Innovation.

Ernestine Shepherd – “Determined, Dedicated, Dis-

ciplined – To be fit for life,” Ernestine Shepherd is a personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, and fitness guru who was honored for Excellence in Holistic and Transformational Living.

Henok Tesfaye – Dedicated and passionate President and Chief Executive Officer of U Street Parking, Inc. (USP), honored for Excellence in Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Ekaterina Tomenko, D. D. S. – An alumna of Wash-

ington Adventist University, Dr. Tomenko focuses her care on providing comprehensive dental care in a patient-friendly atmosphere for the entire family. She was honored for her Excellence in Family-Centered Dental Care.

Lloyd Yutuc – Serving the institution for over 30 years,

Lloyd Yutuc is the Bookstore and Mailroom Manager at Washington Adventist University. He was honored for his Excellence in Institutional Commitment and Dedication.

Visionaries Gala


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he heart of operations are our employees, information technology, teaching and working spaces (facilities), and the security provided to maintain a safe and secure campus.

Human Resources

Our Human Resources Department provides support for the hiring, recruitment, and compliance for our most valuable asset, our employees. One measure of employee satisfaction is retention as measured in our key performance indicators (KPIs) as shown in the graph to the right: Our retention percentage, as shown, has average 90% or greater over the past four years. Every two years, Washington Adventist University takes an employee engagement survey to measure the engagement of employees and their satisfaction in relation to six categories below. The ranking is based on a scale between 1 to 5. Below is a table of the results from the most recent survey taken last Spring of 2019.

Kathy Hecht recieves an award for her dedicated service from Chairman Dave Weigley and President Weymouth Spence at the Annual Employee Appreciation Dinner in 2019.



Employee Retention

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Information Technology


t the center of a modern college or university is the information technology that provides critical data for decision making and learning technology to assist with student success. WAU is maintaining and upgrading software systems and will continue to do so since information technology (IT) has become the key infrastructure for the 21st century. Over 21 major IT initiatives have taken place over the past three years. Some of the most important ones: • Procured and maintained 101 Zoom Licenses with unlimited time and 300 participants to improve our distance education offering, increase staff collaboration, communication, and productivity. • Developed and integrated a new WAU Mobile App that established a truly centralized student-centric communication platform designed to engage, inform, and integrate student activities, events, and services. • Remodeled the Science Commuter and the Nursing Commuter Labs with 110 new all-in-one HP personal computers • Implemented a mobile testing system for Medical Imaging Department with 25 HP laptops in a mobile cart that used in several classrooms and cohorts. • Upgraded Wi-Fi system for the campus. Information technology upgrades will continue into the future to provide the support that students need to be successful and to have a rewarding experience. Future plans include to implementing a student management system to help track their progress and support the Betty Howard Center for Student Success with technology to help students with internships and future employment.

Tech Innovations


Media & Communications


major aspect of the health of a campus revolves around communication. The world of communication is vast and it is important that WAU stays ahead of the curve with how messaging, media, and modes of communication are utilized to keep in contact with the learning community and the world around us. An effort has been made to bring all creative work on campus. This involves hiring talented individuals who can do photography, video, design, write, layout, and handle all of the technology that comes with these areas. To allow these employees to serve at their best, we need the best equipment and tech. • Purchased SLR Cameras for professional in-house photography of events and formal promotional images. • Purchased 4K video cameras along with studio equiptment for use with inhouse studio interviews and production as well as streaming. • Purchased a full streaming system for live events, outdoor events, and live studio interviews and discussions. • Purchased a drone system for use in promotional video production, aerial still photography, and facility mapping. • Purchased licenses for Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut for in-house professional design and editing. • Purchased iMac computers with enough power to handle all WAU can produce. The ability for WAU to handle its own design and production speeds the process for outputting professional communication and allows information to flow faster and more completely. The broad, long-term effects will show an improvement in overall public image and money going forward.

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ver the last five years we have been blessed to experience an increase in support. Without these individuals we would not have been able to accomplish nearly as much. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to the future of Washington Adventist University.

Leroy and Lois Peters

Adventist HealthCare

Gale and Bruce Boyer

Vijayan Charles

Evelyn Bata

Ronald and Beverly Anderson

Judith C. Cichosz

Asefa Mekonnen

Henok Tesfaye

Medical Group Foundation

Dean Bouland

The Herbert N. Gundersheimer Foundation, Inc.

Patrick Farley Columbia Union Terry Forde

Milton and Merrillie Morris Richard Raj Friedenwald Memorial Fund, Inc.

Gerald L. Anderson



Five Year Comparison


inancial Support for Washington Adventist University will offer a long-term future to the campus and all who are impacted by it. Across the campus, updates and investments are needed to repair and replace dated buildings and equipment. Improvements on the infrastructure will offer our students and faculty a way to shine from the nation’s capitol for Adventist Education and for the excellence that is represented here at WAU.

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he following represents those who contributed cash gifts or gifts-in-kind to Washington Adventist University from July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. Thank you for selecting Washington Adventist University as the recipient of your donation. We are also thankful for the organizations in the community that share our mission, values and vision. If we have inadvertently left your name off the list, please accept our apology and contact the Office of Advancement at 301-891-4133. Gifts given by Seventh-day Adventist Conferences under the direction of the President are listed by conference name.

Visionary’s Society- ($10,000.00+)

The Herbert N. Gundersheimer Foundation, Inc Friedenwald Memorial Fund, Inc Leroy & Lois Peters 2014 Evelyn J. Bata Columbia Union Conference Henok Tesfaye Medical Group Foundation, Inc. Alice H. Honeycutt 1960 C. Y. Liu Charles W. Scriven

Founder’s Society-($5,000.00+)

Aladdin Food Management Services, LLC Virtus Real Estate Capital Office Care, Inc. Ronald L. Anderson 1964 Patrick K. Farley 1981 LeRoy G. Cain Vijayan Charles Jeff Walton

James Lawhead Society-($1,000.00+)

Robert E. Bainum 1950 Linda J. Wood 1987 Linda G. Howard 1986 Ben D. Kochenower Michael T. Lee Weymouth P. Spence Celestino Magpayo Keller Brothers, Inc. Bouland and Brush, LLC M. L. Haas Ekaterina Y. Tomenko 2005 Doris Suddarth 1950 Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. Ricoh USA, Inc. Cory S. Chambers 1968 Prateep Chirakiti 1966 Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church Andrea Bertrand Benjamin Lau Cynthia L. Isensee-Boyle 1982 Melissa L. Whitmill 1995 Misael Henriquez 1994 Christine Ince Russell G. Arnold 1959 Phyllis C. Bainum 1949



H.M.S. Richards Society-($500.00+)

Genevieve Singh Kathy E. Hecht 1982 Bogdan Scur Lloyd Yutuc Brenda Chase Timberline Tree Service, Inc. TiJuana G. Griffin 1977 Brittany L. Penner 2006 Leslie H. Pitton 1967 Cheryl H. Kisunzu Carol Wolfe-Ralph Leif E. Christiansen 1978 Elvira M. DiLibero-Gurubatham 1992 Mary Breach 1958 Gordon O. McWatters 2007 John Iyanrick Fitzroy T. Thomas 1976 Mark B. Sigue 2010 Robert W. Boggess 1960 Richard H. Knierim 1966 Rhino Squared Excavation Cont LLC Vilroy McBean 2006 Dorothy L. Creveling 1953

Gateway Society-($250.00+)

Stanley M. Grube 1961 Ruby A. Rice 1956 Timothy L. Nelson 2011 Paulos Berhane Winthrop Resources Corporation Janette R. Neufville

Ekube T. Araya 2005 Richardson School of Music Paul Weir Charles R. Ryan 2000 Charles J. Goodacre Michael K. Shelton 2004 Jo Ann K. MacKey Deborah A. Hill William E. Jackson 1974 William Ellis Helen Wilson Edward L. Barnette 1971 Marilyn J. Herrmann 1965


Michael E. Carpenter 1973 Zelma Edwards Curla Walters Dorothy M. Gardner 1964 Lorena Martinez Becky Barker Adriana Medina Vanessa Morel Beulah Manuel Bincy K. Mathai 2013 James Plummer Jolan Rhodes Becky A. Ratana 1989 Shavannie K. Braham 2012 Flynn O’Hara Uniforms Phyllis Y. Simons 1962

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Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church Yolanda Bulick Anette B. Guldhammer-Beals 1965 Roland H. Caton 1984 Deborah J. Szasz 1974 Betty J. Kannenberg 1964 Roneika Carr Edward S. Koeppen 1971 Gerald L. Grube 1967 Carole S. Kaifer 1966 Wilfred L. Madison 1996 Linda J. Lundberg 1970 Claudia Smith 1987 Ermyn H. Witter 1961 Shake Shennar 1962 Alice F. Rich 1991 Renee E. Battle-Brooks 1982 Lois J. Suhrie 1969 Cecilia A. Johnson 2005 Rebekah S. Moore 1973 Leslie M. Hlongwane 1998 Russell J. Wetherell 1974 Robert Vandeman Llewelyn Crooks Robert J. Wagner 1965 Elizabeth E. Matthews 1958 Josephine Y. Loh 1969 Nancy J. Heine 1977 Alice N. Cunningham-Spindler 1953 Diana L. Engen 1986 Michael A. Steinberg 2005 Jean A. Spoo 1969

George B. Gainer 1974 Schwab Charitable Fund Robin A. Froelich 1984 Lawrence R. Show Network for Good Yvonne Tohidloo 1967 Charles Shyab 1970 Charlotte A. Kyle 1963 Scott P. Aijo 1985 Betty S. Giang

Friends of the University-($0.01+)

Roland F. John 1952 Marthanne L. Glenn 1976 Brian J. Smith 1979 Sharon Pelton 1976 Sandra E. Farwell-Williams 1985 Franklin H. Scheib 1989 Weldena Crank Mark McCleary Dan Jones Zena Richardson Charles Howell Sandra Brown DeWitt S. Williams Valeria H. Dizard Frederick M. Thomas Nicole A. Walker 2004 Jonathan D. Peter 2015 Devie L. Phipps 2017 Lee M. Roberts Douglas F. Morgan



Ralph Johnson Deborah A. Thurlow 1985 Celia Nathan Merve S. Williams Patricia Carter Melissa Brady Gail Isaacson Chiunghui Juan Helen P. Isabell Kora Feder Lori Duke Tirzah Andrade Karen Gerald Shalini G. David 1999 Mayme Williams Zana Marks Tyshawn Toney Lorinda Griffin Sheila O. Holmes 2002 Rosie Sigh Mignon Hale Jeffrey Brown Lady Marie Hammonds Liana Clark Derick Winston Charlotte C. Zane 1960 Delicia Williams Sunghee Flores Paypal Charitable Giving Fund Joy Wigwe William C. Cunningham G. T. Evans

Charles W. Davis Madelyn M. Ruiz Elizabeth G. Abel Maria C. Lee-Johnson Ellie R. Barker 2011 Lotara T. Smith 2017 Kathy L. Williams 1975 Darwin G. Dollano 2014 Albert Miller Eileen G. Fuller 1974 Robert W. Sauer 2004 Ellen J. Agard 1989 Carol Onuska 1964 Steven C. Blackburn 1984 Brenda G. Blackburn 1984 Imogene Akers 1956 David A. Faehner 1965 Helen J. Pike 1958 James A. Jetton 1957 Michael A. Jones 1968 Cherise B. Whited 1969 Mary L. Weigle 1958 Vernon R. Schubert 1971 Cynthia D. Douglas 1967 Herbert J. Fevec 1954 Doretha A. Leftwood 1998 Marshall E. Conner Victoria K. Lawrence 1960 America’s Charities-Distribution Account Paul E. Houmann 1976 June L. Kentlein 1958 Lydeé M. Battle

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