CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia renamed the UWG Honors House to the Donald R. Wagner Honors House at a ceremony on Thursday.
Wagner, according to Taylor Bryant of UWG, is the first dean of UWG's Honors College and Professor Emeritus at UWG. The University System Board of Regents approved the renaming on April 17 under retiring President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna.
"When I came here as a presidential candidate, Dr. Wagner and I envisioned what the first Honors College would become," Dr. Sethna said. "He worked very hard for this university and will forever be known as the founding dean of the Honors College at West Georgia."
Wagner passed away from cancer complications in October, 2012.
His wife, Linda Wagner said at the ceremony, "My husband was very proud of all the programs that are housed within this unit and every single student that came through those doors."
Wagner is remembered for his leadership, along with helping to create Georgia's Political Heritage Project. He helped establish UWG's Master of Arts in Public Administration program and gave more than 30 years to university committees.