Message from Acting President Kress Regarding Alexander Grant
Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
I write to convey the very sad news that emergency personnel yesterday recovered the
Alexander Grant, a sophomore at Boston College, who was visiting friends at Skidmore
weekend. While accounts are still emerging, it appears that Mr. Grant had lost his
way in the snow
following a party at an off-campus location.
The death of a student is a tragic event in the life of any college, and this is a
grievous loss for two
campus communities. Our hearts go out to Mr. Grant’s family and friends and to the
community. I was able to meet with members of Mr. Grant’s family yesterday and convey
condolences on behalf of the College. Several of us also have been in touch with members
College, including the President, Father William P. Leahy.
I want to thank Dean of Student Affairs Rochelle Calhoun and her staff, who, over
the last few days,
have attended closely to the needs of the family and of those members of the Skidmore
most deeply affected by this tragedy. I know Dean Calhoun will be writing directly
to our student
community. I also want to convey the College’s thanks to the Saratoga Springs Police
Saratoga Springs Fire Department, the New York State Forest Rangers, and all who assisted
in the search
for Mr. Grant.
At this most difficult moment, I know that we look to each other for support. I ask
that each of us be
attentive to those among us who might be experiencing this loss with particular pain
and help to guide
those in need to appropriate sources of support.