I write to share the news that after 17 years with Skidmore College, Michael Casey,
the Collyer Vice President for Advancement, will step down this spring to become the
vice president for advancement at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Michael came to Skidmore from Wesleyan University’s advancement office, following
advancement positions at Franklin & Marshall and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Throughout
our 14 years together, Michael has been a wonderful colleague and collaborator. As
a new president, I benefited considerably from his experience and expertise in fundraising.
He has also been a tremendous help to me in crafting speeches and other texts, and
he has always taken an institution-wide perspective, pushing for excellence in all
areas. He will be greatly missed.
Michael joined the Skidmore community in July of 2000 and built professional teams
in the areas he supervised. During his tenure, the College raised more than a half-billion
dollars for a range of initiatives including the construction of the Arthur Zankel
Music Center. He also secured support for financial aid and academic programs including
15 endowed chairs and the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative, as well
as facilities and athletics and student affairs initiatives.
From 2004 to 2010, Michael oversaw the "Creative Thought. Bold Promise" Campaign,
which raised a record $216.5 million. In recent years he has overseen the quiet phase
and public launch plan for the current effort, "Creating Our Future: The Campaign
for Skidmore," which has already raised $132.5 million. He participated in the creation
of several important volunteer support organizations such as the Friends of Skidmore
Athletics and the President’s Advisory Council, helped shape the new Communications
and Marketing Office in 2015, and played a lead role in the 2001 crafting and development
of the College’s highly successful branding platform "Creative Thought Matters."
Michael has been deeply involved in the greater Saratoga Springs community, including
service on the boards of the Waldorf School, the Convention and Tourism Bureau, SaratogaArtsFest,
and the YMCA.
Michael shared with me the following thoughts to be conveyed to his colleagues: "It
has been a great honor to serve Skidmore these past 17 years, and a real pleasure
to work with so many wonderful volunteers, donors, staff, and trustees and to see
their tremendous commitment to the College and, most important, to our students."
I am pleased to announce that Kimberly Verstandig, our campaign director and associate
vice president for advancement, will assume the role of interim vice president on
March 1, until we complete a national search for Michael’s successor. Kim, who has
been at Skidmore since 2012, formerly served as executive director of alumni and constituent
relations at Bucknell University, senior development officer at Albany Medical Center,
and director of advancement at the Albany Academies. She holds a B.S. in business
administration and an M.A. in education from Bucknell. I am grateful to her for taking
on this important assignment.
Michael will continue as a transitional advisor to Kim and the division until June
1. He begins his new assignment at Trinity later that month.
Please join me in thanking Michael Casey for all he has accomplished on behalf of
Skidmore and wishing him well in his new position.