Lawrence M. Stratton, J.D., Ph.D.

Director, Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership
Associate Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law

The Stover Center is led by Lawrence M. Stratton, who has taught courses relating to law and ethics at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and other universities and has written articles and co-authored two books on constitutional law and ethics.

Dr. Stratton holds a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a former clerk to U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and is a member of the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Stratton is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, a member of the Advisory Board of the Imani Christian Academy of Pittsburgh, a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, and a member of the Greene County Planning Commission.

Melissa Sargent

Assistant to the Director Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership

Melissa graduated from Waynesburg University in 2011 with a B.A. in Elementary/Special Education and a minor in Psychology and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in 2015. During her time at Waynesburg, Melissa was a scholar with the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership where she gained an in-depth understanding of the U.S. Constitution and Christian ethics.

Melissa is a certified teacher and enjoys working with and mentoring students.

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