WAU Prepares for Middle States Site Visit

Washington Adventist University will receive a team of peer evaluators from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, March 25-28, as part of a reaccreditation process carried out every 10 years.

LOGO1The institution will be evaluated on 14 standards, the first seven of which address the institutional context as follows: 1) mission and goals—the extent to which these are clearly identified and indicative of whom the institution serves; 2) planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal; 3) institutional resources, including human, financial, technical, physical facilities, and other resources necessary to achieve an institution’s mission and goals; 4) leadership and governance; 5)administration; 6) Integrity; and 7) Institutional Assessment.


WAU Gets Martin Luther King, Jr. Mini Grant


8.5x11_11_resizedWashington Adventist University has been awarded a Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Challenge Mini Grant for the maximum amount of $1,000 by the Michigan Campus Compact in partnership with Wisconsin Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service.



Sophia Ward, Ph.D., Student Success and Engagement Specialist,

partnered with Dean Nemeka Mason, First Year Residence Life Coordinator, to apply for the grant in support of WAU’s efforts to engage students in service to honor King.


WAU Completes New Music Building

The first new building in 40 years at Washington Adventist University is now completed. The building—the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center—was declared finished on December 5 by Larry E. Walker, principal for the construction company, the Walker Group.  Complete handover is scheduled for Dec. 16.KEV_0234edited_scaled

“It is with great pleasure that I confirm the completion of the music building. We sincerely hope that your administration, the Board of Trustees, alumni, students and the entire Washington Adventist University family are proud of the project,” Walker said in a letter to President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D.  “We are certainly proud of being a part of your team and providing you with this state of the art, sustainable project.”


School of Health, Science and Wellness gets New Dean

Karen Benn Marshall Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness at Washington Adventist University (WAU).KEV_07712edited_scaled

“It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to work at a Seventh-day Adventist institution where I can openly share my faith,” said Marshall. “I look forward to working in an environment where students are prepared for wider and more meaningful service.”


President Hosts Christmas Reception

President Weymouth Spence and Mrs. Rebecca Spence opened the doors of The Votaw House, December 2, for their annual Christmas reception for faculty, staff, their families and other invited guests.KEV_9221edited

In this photo are (l-r), Lois Peters, Rebecca Spence, President Weymouth Spence and Leroy Peters. 

The Votaw House is the official home of the President of Washington University. It was once owned by Carolyn Harding Votaw, youngest sister of President Warren Harding, and her husband Herbert H. Votaw. The Votaws were Seventh-day Adventists missionaries.

The reception was attended by much of the University family.  Executive Chef R. Carlos Purdie, served up numerous delicacies for an appreciative crowd. .

Among the guests were Leroy and Lois Peters, the Maryland couple who donated $1 million to the University toward the construction of the new music center, scheduled to open in the spring.

Music Department Annual Christmas Concert


Washington Adventist University’s 2014 annual Christmas Concert on December 5 at 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Students from the university’s Music Department will perform traditional Christmas music, along with pieces that reflect the spirit of the season.

There will be performances by the Pro Musica of Washington Adventist University, the Columbia Collegiate Chorale of Washington Adventist University, and the New England Youth Ensemble of Washington Adventist University. 

This year’s Christmas Concert event will launch a new scholarship for choral students – The Paul Hill Memorial Choral Scholarship Fund – and donations are welcome. The scholarship will honor the legacy of one of Washington Adventist University’s renowned faculty members – Paul Hill, the choral program director from 1962 to 1970 and founder of the university’s Pro-Musica choral performance group. Hill was also founder of the acclaimed 160-voice Paul Hill Chorale that performed in 1971 at the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and continued to perform there under his leadership for more than two decades until his death in 1999. 

The concert will be held at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912. Free parking is available directly across Flower Ave. and behind the church along Greenwood Ave. 

For more information about the concert, call 301-891-4133 or email alumni@wau.edu.

Social Work Program Gets New Eight-Year Reaccreditation


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted reaccreditation of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Washington Adventist University through June of 2019. The program, which is an off-campus program of Andrews University’s Social Work Program, began in 2003 with five students currently has thirty. Its recent reaccreditation followed more than a year of preparation and included a site visit by CSWE in February.

“Social work education is based on 12 core competencies and more than 70 individual practice behaviors that are infused into our learning activities and field education,” said department chair, John Gavin. “Our partnership with Andrews University to offer an accredited social work program ensures that we are meeting the highest standards in social work education and that students can get licensed and attend graduate school.”


New Ambassador Program To Support First Generation Student Retention

DSC_0476editedWith a mission to provide training opportunities for students to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world, Washington Adventist University enrols a highly diverse student body. Almost 40 percent of its student body, for example, are first-generation college students.

This means that neither of their parents completed an undergraduate degree.  Research suggests that these students face higher risk of dropping out compared to their counterparts whose parents are college graduates.


Update on the Establishment of WAU Branch Campus at Atlantic Union College

After several months of talks with Washington Adventist University (WAU) to operate a branch campus at Atlantic Union College (AUC), the Board of Trustees for AUC in a meeting on Wednesday, October 5 voted to suspend any further negotiations at this time after the institutions were unable to reach an operating agreement.

The talks with WAU began when AUC was informed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) that its accreditation would be discontinued for financial reasons.