A Message from WAU President Spence

Author: Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. WAU President
September 01, 2016

September 1, 2016



Washington Adventist University has started its 2016-2017 school year with more than 630 new students registered for the Fall Semester. That includes incoming freshmen -- our Class of 2020 -- and transfer and international students. We are pleased to welcome them into our campus community.

With new faces on campus and the monthly strategic planning sessions and budget committee meetings that will enable employees to provide regular input, this promises to be an outstanding year. I have no doubt that we will move closer to achieving our Vision 2020 - Growing with Excellencegoals, which seek to realize excellence at all levels of this institution.

As a university, we will continue to build on our reputation for educational excellence, and will work to reach and surpass another level of goals and milestones this school year. As individuals, a new school year gives us opportunity to take stock of our own goals, and to grasp the future and shine, as we are reminded in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Our Opening Convocation was held on August 31 this weekat Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church on campus. The musical selections, inspirational scriptures and readings, and prayers helped set the tone for our Fall Semester, and I issued a charge to our students, faculty and staff to demonstrate ten core values in order to achieve excellence in all that they do this school year. Based on Matthew 6:1-7:27, I urged them to heed the following:   

  1. Do the right things for the right reasons;
  2. Pray God's agenda, not your own;
  3. Relationships will make or break you;
  4. Prioritize eternal things, not temporal things;
  5. Don't sweat the small stuff;
  6. God's Kingdom is paramount - seek it first;
  7. Judge yourself before you judge others;
  8. If you need something, ask; if you have something, give;
  9. Stay true to your convictions; don't wander from the narrow path; and
  10. Obedience to God is the only sure foundation for life. 

As a reminder, the Board Retreat is coming up on September 16-18, and the Fourth Annual Visionaries Gala will take place on Sunday, September 18 at Congressional Country Club, 8500 River Road in Bethesda. Tickets for the Gala are still available online, as are opportunities for sponsorship for those who can help support student scholarships and the health professions and wellness programs. 

I am looking forward to all we will accomplish this year, and I hope you are, as well.


Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.



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