York College President George W. Waldner today announced that he is retiring, effective June 30, 2013. A committee of the Board of Trustees, faculty and administrators will oversee the selection of candidates to replace the long-serving president, a process anticipated to take 12-18 months. The Board of Trustees will make the appointment.
“President Waldner has served York College with great distinction,” said York College Board of Trustees Chair D. Scott Cayce. “He has led the College to chart a course towards becoming one of America’s best comprehensive colleges. His legacy is tremendous, and we accept his retirement decision with both profound regret and enormous appreciation.”
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.
“It has been a great honor to help York College realize its potential for excellence,” said Waldner. “I’ll be working hard to advance the College until I hand the ‘baton’ to my successor.”
Waldner and his wife, Judith, have been active members of the
community and plan to remain in the region following retirement.