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Wilkes University Honors Longest Serving Faculty Member Wagiha A. Taylor

by Gabrielle D'Amico

In recognition of more than 50 years of service to Wilkes, a premiere learning space in the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership now bears the name of one of the University’s most beloved faculty members.

The Dr. Wagiha A. Taylor Learning Center, located on the second floor of the Simms Center on Main, was dedicated on May 2, 2022 in honor of Taylor, the longest-serving, full-time faculty member at Wilkes. The tiered classroom offers state-of-the art presentation capabilities for in-person and virtual collaboration and is used by future business professionals on a daily basis.

She was joined at the dedication by her Wilkes colleagues, as well as her three adult daughters and numerous grandchildren.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Taylor received a scholarship from the U.S. government designed to attract bright young minds. She earned her master’s degree in economics from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and her PhD in economics from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Taylor joined Wilkes College in 1969. She has the privilege of serving under all seven Wilkes presidents and helped educate generations of students.

A campaign to name the room in Taylor’s honor began in January 2022 and quickly gained momentum, a testament to her ongoing relationships with Wilkes grads. Her insight, leadership, dedication and devotion to Wilkes will continue to leave a lasting legacy as will the Dr. Wagiha A. Taylor Learning Center in the Simms Center on Main.

Read more about Taylor in the 2019 cover story of Wilkes magazine.

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