Three residence halls at Roanoke College will now form the Robert E. and Mary J. Wortmann Complex.

The school made the announcement today. Blue Ridge, Shenandoah and Mt. Tabor halls house all classes, mostly in two bedroom units.

Robert Wortmann graduated from Roanoke College in 1960 and was chairman of the board of trustees for much of the past decade.

"To see this quad being named in our honor is just beyond [words,]" says Mrs. Wortmann. "Our love is always going to be here."

Mary Wortmann is described by the college as an art, theater and music patron and is active in cultural events.


On Thursday, April 10 at 12:45 p.m., Roanoke College will dedicate a student residential complex in honor of Robert and Mary Wortmann, of Upper Saddle River, N.J.  The dedication will take place at the current Market Street Complex at 12:45 p.m. and will feature remarks by President Michael Maxey and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Eugene Zdziarkski. The Wortmanns will speak briefly as well.

The complex consisting of three residence halls - Blue Ridge, Shenandoah and Mt. Tabor - will be named the Robert E. and Mary J. Wortmann Complex, in honor of a couple who have been devoted to Roanoke College and committed to its positive impact on students' lives for many years.

Robert Wortmann is a member of the Class of 1960 and served on the Roanoke College Board of Trustees for 22 years. He was the chair of the board from 2003 to 2011, overseeing significant growth and improvements at the College.  During his tenure on the Board, he and Mary attended hundreds of Roanoke College events, including events sponsored by every College alumni chapter.

Under his leadership, the College added 687 beds on campus, completed a new four-lane entrance at Peery Drive, built the 1,400-seat Donald J. Kerr Stadium, and renovated academic buildings Trout Hall, Miller Hall and Lucas Hall. The Lucas renovation was Roanoke's first green project and was Salem's first LEED certified building.

Also during that time, Roanoke's faculty introduced an innovative new academic core curriculum, called Intellectual Inquiry. Roanoke also was honored as the 2009 Campus Activities Magazine "Campus of the Year," was recognized as a national up-and-comer in U.S. News & World Report's Best College Rankings for 2011 and debuted in The Princeton Review's "Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition," released in 2011.

Mary Wortmann holds a B.S. in nursing from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been as involved in Roanoke College as her husband. Mary is an art, theater and music devotee and is active in arts and cultural events at all levels.

- Information provided by Roanoke College