Josephine Young Case
Josephine Young Case, novelist, poet, and educator, joined the Skidmore
College Board of Trustees in 1938 and was its chair from 1960 to
At Case's first meeting as chair, new trustee J. Erik Johsson
offered to buy the Woodlawn estate as a site for a new
campus. After considerable study and debate, the board decided to take
In April 1964, before the first building on the new campus was
completed, President Val Wilson suddenly died. Jo
Case assumed the president's duties until Joseph C. Palamountain
Jr. took the helm in 1965.
Case helped guide Skidmore through some of its most difficult
times and major decisions. During the 15 months that she led
the College and her many years on the board of trustees, she
helped keep together the Skidmore of the past, build the Skidmore
of today, and set high standards for the Skidmore of the future.
The Case College Center was dedicated in her honor in 1974.
Creative Thought Matters.