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

IMG_1605editThe Department of Music will present its annual Christmas Concert, Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Sligo Church.  Presentations will include the premier of Procession and Carols for harp and mixed choir by Dr. James Bingham with harpist Elizabeth Blakeslee from the National Symphony Orchestra.


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.


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.”


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.


“The Most Beautiful Sound on Earth” is heard at WAU


When the UPMS (Madz), won the European Grand Prix of Choral Singing for the first time in 1997, a judge remarked that the choir’s singing was “the most beautiful sound on Earth.” In 2007, they won the event again making them only one of two choirs to do so.  Read More>>


Service Day Observed with Multiple Projects in DC Metro Area

DSC_0268editedThey say that cleanliness is next to godliness and for the students of Washington Adventist University, Service Day gave them the opportunity to improve the conditions of Takoma Park Recreation Center. Read More>>

Washington Adventist University Presents September 11 Memorial Concert


The Washington Adventist University Student Association hosted “The September 11 Memorial Concert” in Sligo SDA church on Sunday September 11, 2011.

The concert featured various artists and groups such as Living Springs SDA Choir from Glenn Bernie, MD,  Wendell Phipps; a WAU freshmen who is also a Pre-Engineering major, Michael Patterson; a third year WAU music major, Jidong Zhong from Takoma Academy and Amber Bullock from Saint Louis who is a WAU alum.