Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
York College’s Performing Arts Center will be named the Waldner Performing Arts Center at a May 2 ceremony in honor of retiring president George Waldner and his wife, Judith.
“Our institution has benefited in innumerable ways from the long service and strong leadership provided by President Waldner,” said Board Chair George H. Glatfelter II. “Our Board of Trustees, in grateful recognition of this work, sought a way to formally and permanently recognize the great and transformative work accomplished during Dr. Waldner’s tenure.”
Waldner has served the College since 1991 and overseen impressive growth at the private college. Under his leadership, York College enrollment has grown from 2750 to 4700, the College has added $250 million in new facilities, and its capital/endowment has burgeoned from $80 million to $310 million. During his tenure, each of the College’s ten academic departments received new or dramatically renovated facilities. Waldner instituted a rigorous five-year planning process that has guided the College’s development, transitioning the College from a largely commuter institution to a largely residential college, while maintaining the institution’s historic pledge to provide excellent education at an affordable tuition.
“In our view, York College’s transformation into a comprehensive, regional institution of higher education was linked with the dramatic campus expansion created by our West Campus, which enabled more robust academic program offerings on our Main Campus,” said Glatfelter. “One signature building in York College’s transformation is our new Performing Arts Center. As a result, York College is pleased to honor George and Judy Waldner with the naming of the Waldner Performing Arts Center.”