Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Welcome to the Office of Alumni Relations

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The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to serving the Washington Adventist University Alumni Community.  The Office of Alumni Relations provides alumni and friends of the university with information about, connection to, and opportunities for support of Washington Adventist University and its mission as a learning community dedicated to the Seventh-day Adventist Christian vision of service and excellence.

Please use the links to your right to explore what the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association is doing to keep you informed and connected. 

Office of Alumni Relations 301.891.4125 | alumni@wau.edu

Meet our Staff

Ellie Barker Cropped V1Ellie Barker, Director of Alumni Relations 

Ellie graduated from WAU, then CUC, in 2008 with her undergraduate degree in political studies and again in 2011 with her graduate degree in public administration. She worked for WAU's Office of Admissions and the Maryland University of Integrative Health prior to rejoining the university staff in 2013 as head of the Office of Alumni Relations. 

She is passionate about higher education, specifically christian higher education. She also teaches in WAU's First Year Experience program. 

You can reach Ellie at 301-891-4151 or ebarker@wau.edu 

John Wagner Interim VP for AdvancementJohn Wagner, Interim Vice President for Advancement 

John holds an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida School of Education.  His undergraduate degree in biology and religion is from Atlantic Union College. He attended Washington Adventist University, known at the time as Washington Missionary College, for one year before transferring to Atlantic Union College.  

He comes to us from retirement after recently serving in a similar position for seven months at Southern Adventist University. 

You can reach John at 301-576-0105 or jhwagner@wau.edu

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Lahna Farver, Executive Assistant for the Office of Advanment and Alumni Relations 

Lahna joined the Advancement and Alumni Relations team in 2006. For the last ten years she has leadership, support, and creative innovation for the office’s daily operations and strategic goals. 

As a lifelong educator one of her favorite quotes is by Lee Iacocca, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.”

You can reach Lahna at 301-891-4133 or lfarver@wau.edu

- THE SCHOOLS -

School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.