William M. Waters, Ph.D.
In Memory of William M. Waters, Ph.D.
Former Co-Chair – The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement
Former Vice Chair – The Wright Center for Community Health
William M. Waters, Ph.D., of Lake Winola, Pa., a faithful and treasured patient of The Wright Center for Community Health for nearly 25 years, was a fervent and proud ambassador of The Wright Center’s mission to improve the health and welfare of the communities in Northeast Pennsylvania through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired and competent workforce that is privileged to serve.
A lifelong educator, he selflessly volunteered countless hours and engaged in the evolution of The Wright Center’s enterprise governance, most recently serving as vice chair of The Wright Center for Community Health’s Board of Directors and co-chair of The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement. Dr. Waters was a relentless champion for developing responsive primary care services and primary care physician champions. In his role as co-chair and a founding board member of The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, he passionately inspired governance and wider community engagement in operational initiatives to address the crippling social and economic determinants of health faced by those most underserved and marginalized in regional communities. Dr. Waters invested countless hours envisioning and ensuring The Wright Center’s efforts generated sustainable, systematic solutions with substantial impact.
Dr. Waters altruistically served in so many ways, such as his frequent volunteering for food pantry events, blood drives, and at the annual health fair, and other community events. He actively engaged in The Wright Center’s public health advocacy activities with federal and state elected officials and administrators. Most notably, he played a crucial leadership role in the empowered inclusion of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s resident physicians as voting members serving on the Patient & Community Engagement Board of Directors.
His leadership in governance led to the development and implementation of “Table Talks,” a recurring platform for board members to improve competencies with various aspects of health center operations, as well as “PEP Talks,” an initiative to ensure opportunities for patients and families to make meaningful contributions to The Wright Center’s Sponsoring Institutional curriculum. He supported the evolution of the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine-Affiliated Program Advisory Committee into a structured governance-driven process for curricular feedback. Dr. Waters also co-designed and implemented a board member mentoring program, co-designed a implemented a robust board and committee annual self-assessment process, and supported The Wright Center’s commitment to the highest level of patient safety and quality during the global health pandemic.
Dr. Waters served New Jersey’s educational system for 31 years as a mathematics teacher, supervisor, assistant principal, and district director of instruction. He was also the founding director of The Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Morris Hills High School, a highly ranked county magnet school, in New Jersey.
Born in Scranton, son of the late William A. and Evelyn Hudak Waters, he was a summa cum laude graduate in mathematics of Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was also a student director of the marching band. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was an academic fellowship recipient.