2018 Gregor Mendel Medal Award

Congratulations to Mr. Chris Gheysens ’89, the 2018 Gregor Mendel Medal Award Recipient

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Chris Gheysens is a proud graduate of the Class of 1989 and currently serves as President & CEO of Wawa Inc., a chain of more than 790 convenience stores located in six states and known for their fresh food and award-winning coffee.  Wawa is a family and associate-owned, privately-held company.  Following his time at St. Augustine, Chris graduated from the Villanova University School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 1993.  He would later obtain his Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and served as a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey.

“The Lead Goose,” as he is affectionately known, is proud to have served Wawa associates for more than twenty years, previously holding the position of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer from January 2007 to December 2011.  As President & CEO, Chris is committed to protecting and fostering the Wawa culture of private ownership and shared ownership, and carrying on the strong tradition of servant leadership.  Prior to joining Wawa, Chris worked in the audit practice at Deloitte and Touché, LLP in Philadelphia.  During his four years with Deloitte, he focused primarily on the retail industry, serving clients such as Reading China and Glass, The Wall Music, Pep Boys, and Wawa.

Chris has continued to “carry the fire” well past his time as a student at St. Augustine, his generosity with his time and talents is known to many.  Join us on Thursday, November 15th as we celebrate Chris’ accomplishments, stewardship of the Hermit Brotherhood, and a life lived in the Augustinian Spirit of humility and service!

Please contact Ms. Maria Enos at 856-697-2600 x190 or by e-mail at for attendance packages and event sponsorship opportunities.  Tickets will be made available online as the event approaches!