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A trustee tradition ends
When Charles V. Wait stepped down from Skidmores board of trustees in June, it was not just the end of a distinguished eighteen-year term of service. For the first time since Skidmore was chartered as a baccalaureate-granting college in 1922, the board would be without a member of the Wait family.
The tradition dates to Luther Wait, who served until 1932. His brother Newman E. Wait Sr., president of the Adirondack Trust bank in Saratoga Springs, then served on Skidmores board until 1964. He was succeeded, both at Skidmore and at Adirondack Trust, by his son Newman E. Pete Wait Jr.
Petes son Charles joined the Skidmore board in 1984. Like his father and grandfather, he brought an important perspective: Wait feels he was perhaps most helpful as a voice for fiscal conservatism and as a representative of local roots, local connectionssomething a college must always keep in mind. With new local trustees joining the board recently, he felt he could step down.
Wait says, Any business person who has the opportunity to serve as trustee of a college should take it. One cross-cultural revelation: in contrast to the business worlds quick decision-making, he says, it was eye-opening to experience such a collaborative environment.
Skidmores historic relationship with Adirondack Trust remains. The bank and the college will always be close, says Wait. And while the Wait era on the board may have ended, the familys legacy is indelibly etched on the façade of Wait Hall and throughout the colleges history. KG