York College President George W. Waldner, who will retire in July 2013, has written a book about his 22-year tenure, according to a news release from the college.
“Building a Better College: York College of Pennsylvania Transforms Through Strategic Planning” can be bought at the college bookstore in the student union or online at www.ycp.edu, the release says.
Keep reading for a description of the book, from the college:
“Waldner’s book describes the impact of one college president’s vision and strategic acumen on the institution he served. When he arrived at York College in the summer of 1991, full-time enrollment was 2,700 and the campus consisted of 60 acres. At the start of the 2012-2013 academic year, his final year as president prior to retirement, full-time enrollment had reached 4,700 students and the campus had expanded to 175 acres. The number of faculty had grown from 100 to 160, with 90 percent holding doctoral degrees.
Growth and adapting to change to serve the community were long-established hallmarks of York College. Its historic roots date back to the 18th century. Its evolution as a private educational institution began with York County Academy, which joined forces with York Collegiate Institute, which became York Junior College offering associate degrees. After moving from a 19th-century structure in downtown York to its present campus, the Junior College became a baccalaureate-granting institution. Three master’s degree programs and a doctoral program soon provided additional program options.
The tremendous growth of the College under Waldner’s leadership, whether measured in terms of bricks and mortar or new and advanced academic offerings, was unparalleled in the history of the institution. Indeed, York College of Pennsylvania became “the little engine that could and did” with Waldner its engineer during the past 22 years of its exceptional growth in campus structures and programs, and in reputation and stature in academia.
In addition to describing the planning process that grew York College, this book contains selected speeches and writings that span the two decades of Waldner’s presidency and provide insights into his views on a variety of issues including, but not confined to, education.”