David H. Porter
David H. Porter, the College’s fifth
president, came to Skidmore in 1987 from Carleton College, where
he taught classics and music. Early in his presidency, Dr. Porter
established the Commission on the ’90s to help chart Skidmore’s
course to the twenty-first century. The commission recommended
new institutional priorities, with an emphasis on enhancing
the academic tone on campus, ensuring long-term financial stability,
and promoting greater diversity within the campus community
During the Porter presidency, Skidmore launched the Honors Forum
as well as a program of scholarships in science and mathematics,
now named in his honor.
The campus landscape changed dramatically during his tenure,
as Skidmore renovated and expanded Scribner Library, constructed
an outdoor athletic complex, built an addition to the Sports
and Recreation Center, and expanded Dana Science Center.
In addition, Dr. Porter helped lead the largest fund-raising
effort in Skidmore’s history, the Skidmore Journey: A Campaign
for Our Second Century, launched in 1993. The five-year campaign
raised $86.5 million, enabling the college to substantially
increase its endowment and providing funds for construction
of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.
Porter Plaza, on the south side of Case Center, is named for
Creative Thought Matters.