Although George Waldner is retiring as York College president this summer, his name will live on at the institution he's overseen for 22 years.

In particular, it will live on in one of several buildings Waldner oversaw construction of during his tenure.

College officials announced they will name their performing arts center after Waldner at a Thursday ceremony. The performing arts center opened in 2005, part of more than $250 million in building projects Waldner helped oversee.

Waldner said he and his wife "devoted ourselves to the college for the past 22 years ... now we'll be even more a part of it."

The Waldner Performing Arts Center will help honor Waldner for his work, as the board of trustees wanted to find a way to recognize the "transformative work" he's done, according to board chairman George Glatfelter.

Waldner said his input was used in the center's two-story "lantern" lobby design, a design he saw used at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre.

The two-story style allows students "to look out panoramically around the campus," he said.

Waldner is retiring this June, at which point new president Pamela Gunter-Smith will take over.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com