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New VP to lead advancement: Bates takes on interim deanship

     Michael Casey is Skidmore’s new vice president for advancement, which embraces alumni affairs, fundraising, and communications.

     In announcing Casey’s appointment, president Jamienne S. Studley said, “We plan to capitalize on his depth of experience in higher education, development, strategic planning, and communications.” She added, “His role will bring him into frequent contact with the public, and he is eager to become an active participant in our community.”
Michael Casey, VP for advancement

     Casey comes to Skidmore after seven years at Wesleyan University, where he focused on fundraising, alumni relations, and parent relations, helping to oversee a rapid increase in support for the university. In his most recent position at Wesleyan, as director of development, he managed a staff of thirty-three and played a key role in the university’s $250 million campaign. He has also been a development officer at Franklin & Marshall College and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

     In the 1980s, as a writer for Boston Publishing Co., he worked on two book series, American Wars and The Vietnam Experience, and was co-author of Flags into Battle and The Army at War. He has also worked as a freelance writer and editor. He is a 1981 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a B.A. cum laude in Irish history and literature.

     Casey’s purview essentially consolidates two divisions at Skidmore: he replaces Christine Hoek, vice president for development and alumni relations, who resigned in 1999, and in taking over communications he partly fills the role of Kent Jones, dean of enrollment and college relations, who resigned last spring. Advancement consists of all fundraising and alumni programs as well as college relations, which includes media relations, print and Web publications, sports information, and Scope. As for enrollment, Mary Lou Bates has been named interim dean of admissions and student aid. A twenty-six-year veteran of the admissions office at Skidmore, Bates has been director of admissions since 1991.

     Casey says, “I am delighted to be joining the Skidmore and Saratoga communities,” especially since both provide rich opportunities in liberal arts education and the arts. Casey’s wife, Janet Galligani Casey, has also joined the college, as a visiting associate professor of English. They live in Saratoga Springs with their two children.—RK


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