Waynesburg University will celebrate the 169th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a special convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Roberts Chapel.
“Charter Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our history, celebrate our mission and explore the ways in which we can all contribute to ensure a strong and vibrant future for Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.
Charter Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our history, celebrate our mission and explore the ways in which we can all contribute to ensure a strong and vibrant future for Waynesburg University."
Raymond Betler, president and chief executive officer of Wabtec Corporation, a global provider of technology-based products for the rail and industrial markets, will deliver the convocation address. Titled “Love in the Workplace,” his address will reflect on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
Betler began his career working for Westinghouse where he ultimately became the youngest head of engineering and the youngest president and CEO in the 120-year history of the company.
He served the organization for 30 years, spending time leading the worldwide Total Transit Systems business, as well as the London Underground Division, a $7.5 billion business, in the United Kingdom for two years.
Betler joined Wabtec in 2008 as a group executive, quickly rising to the rank of chief operating officer in 2010, where he oversaw all operations, international sales, global sourcing, and quality and performance systems. He assumed the role of president in 2013 and became the CEO in 2014.
Wabtec employs nearly 20,000 employees in more than 30 countries, with product sales in more than 100 countries.
Equally as involved in the community, Betler currently serves as a trustee for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, an advisory board member to the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Engineering and the Federal University Transportation Center at CMU, an advisory board member for the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and a trustee for the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
He is the chairman of the executive committee of Dollar Bank and chairman of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance.
His community involvement and board service has also included campaign work with the United Way and participation on the leadership committee for the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Ball.
Betler has served as the fundraiser chair for the Coalition for Christian Outreach, participating on the organizing committee for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Prayer Breakfast and as a member of the board of elders at the Good Lutheran Church of the South Hills, where he also served as a past Sunday school superintendent and Sunday school teacher.
Betler received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and economics and a bachelor’s degree in administration/management science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Additionally, he holds certificates from the Executive Development Program at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and the Finance for Executives Program at INSEAD in France.
Betler resides in South Park with his wife, Joneen. They have three sons and ten grandchildren.
Charter Day 2018
Highlights from last year's Charter Day celebration.