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Dr. Philip A. Glotzbach

President of Skidmore College


Philip A. Glotzbach became the seventh President of Skidmore College on July 1, 2003. A philosopher, academic administrator, and spokesperson on issues of higher education, he joined the College following eleven years at the University of Redlands in southern California

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President Philip A. Glotzbach

 

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Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Oct 16 2017
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Martin A. Mbugua as Skidmore's new vice president for communications and marketing, effective November 1, 2017.

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Martin A. Mbugua as Skidmore's new vice president for communications and marketing, effective November 1, 2017, following a national search to fill this important role. Martin is uniquely qualified to align the direction of Skidmore's communications and marketing efforts with the College's strategic goals and to effectively lead our dynamic team in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Martin brings more than 20 years of experience in journalism and higher education communications to Skidmore, most recently as assistant vice president for content and communications at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he has led the university's online news content, media relations, social media, and internal communications teams. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Martin was director of media relations and university spokesperson at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.

Martin's experience extends to prior work as a journalist, editor, and writer, including as a reporter with the New York Daily News; U.S. correspondent for theDaily Nation and Standard newspapers in Nairobi, Kenya; and assistant editor at the Queens Chronicle in New York City. He also served as communications and marketing manager at the City University of New York's Murphy Institute and senior news editor at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

Martin holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in government, politics, and international relations from St. John's University in New York City, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.

In this newly established role at Skidmore, Martin will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the college's communications and marketing efforts and serve as a key member of Cabinet. He will lead a team of 20 in the Office of Communications and Marketing to raise the awareness and reputation of Skidmore as a top undergraduate liberal arts institution.

Martin is eager to join our community to "enhance the sterling reputation and visibility of one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the nation."

Martin succeeds Debra K. Townsend, who served as interim vice president from June 2015 through July 1, 2017, and as a strategic communications consultant for the College dating back to 2001. Debra managed the "Creative Thought Matters" branding initiative and served three interim terms as head of communications at Skidmore. I thank Debra for her work and leadership with the Office of Communications and Marketing and for her tireless dedication and many years of communications consulting work with the College.

I would also like to commend the work of Andy Camp, Luke Meyers, and Diane O'Connor, who have provided interim leadership since July 1, while maintaining their myriad responsibilities as directors in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Additionally, I'd like to acknowledge our national search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, for identifying and presenting numerous well-qualified candidates, and I would like to express my gratitude to our dedicated search committee, which included Mary Lou Bates, Ian Berry, August Bomer-Lawson '17, Lori Eastman, Wilson Espinal '17, Linda Hall (resigned), Eliza Kent, Diane O'Connor, and Idalia Sepulveda.

Please join me in welcoming our new colleague Martin to the Skidmore community.

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Oct 4 2017
We are now in the second year of implementing our new "Strategic Plan: Creating Pathways to Excellence." This Strategic Action Agenda (SAA) is the second stage of the two-year implementation...

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,

I write to share "Defending Democracy: Strategic Action Agenda 2017-2018," which is posted on our strategic planning website. We are now in the second year of implementing our new Strategic Plan: Creating Pathways to Excellence. This "Strategic Action Agenda" (SAA) is the second stage of the two-year implementation horizon developed for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. This iteration reflects the progress made to date and identifies work to be completed in the current year. As you will recall from last year's SAA, it is organized on the basis of the four goals identified in the Plan, rather than in relation to administrative divisions of the College.

I am pleased to report that we have made significant strides on our strategic goals, and I am thankful to all of you who have contributed. As you will see in this year's SAA, I call upon all members of the Skidmore community to rededicate ourselves to our common educational purpose – especially as it relates to the concept of informed, responsible, citizenship. The preamble references the relationship between what we do at Skidmore and democracy, with specific reference to issues regarding free speech. All of these topics are very much on our minds these days, along with concern for the victims of the terrible hurricanes that have devastated parts of the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and a number of Caribbean islands, as well as those killed and wounded in the Las Vegas shooting.

We look forward to collaborating with you on this academic year's work.

 

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Oct 2 2017
Many of us were dismayed to learn about the events that occurred in Las Vegas, NV. Our thoughts and prayers are with the dozens of innocent victims and the nearly 500 individuals who were injured...

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,

Many of us were dismayed to learn about the events that occurred in Las Vegas, NV, last night, a senseless act that is being called our nation’s most devastating mass shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the dozens of innocent victims and the nearly 500 individuals who were injured, their families, and the first responders who assisted those in need. We at Skidmore share in this grief, and the College is reaching out to students, families, and alumni who may have been directly affected.

This incomprehensible tragedy – which follows news of human crisis and devastation across Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, and the southeastern United States as a result of consecutive hurricanes – prompts us to mourn for all those who have experienced great loss.

Skidmore’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life today hosted any informal, non-denominational gathering in Wilson Chapel, and resources are available to students on an ongoing basis regardless of religious, spiritual or secular background. The staff of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is available to Skidmore students, staff and faculty members for spiritual counseling and pastoral care in times of grief, crisis, or introspection, and provides referrals to clergy and leaders of other faith traditions.

We also would like to remind our community of additional resources available in this time of turmoil. For anyone who needs support, Counseling Services may be reached at 518-580-5555. As a reminder, all employees may utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which may be reached at 518-793-9768. For information about other ways to assist with disaster relief, please continue to contact Community Service Programs.

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shootings, the presence of hatred and violence in the American polity remains a national tragedy that we all must overcome together. As we continue with the new semester, please seek out occasions to support one another and strengthen our campus community. Thank you for your attention and your concern.

Why It Matters
 
We must prepare our students not only for today's professional world but also for tomorrow's, which will demand even higher levels of ingenuity and innovation.
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