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Judith Roberts Kunisch ’69 has been named president of the Skidmore College Alumni Association. She succeeds Deb Sehl Coons ’72, who completed a three-year term.
Kunisch is a veteran of the alumni board, as a member in 1985–87 and again as chair of its awards committee in 2005–08. She has fostered nursing-alumni reunions, volunteered as a class agent, and played an active role for decades in the Hartford, Conn., regional club. In 1994 the alumni
association gave her an Outstanding Service Award. With sisters Suzanne Roberts McCarty ’83 and Mary Roberts Adam ’79, she supports the Roberts Sisters Endowed Scholarship Fund at Skidmore. Her father, Cliff, was recently inducted into the college’s Parnassus Society for leadership donors.
A nursing major who earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, Kunisch opened and ran a provider-owned managed-care firm, recently completed five years as a senior leader for medical strategies at The Hartford Financial Services, and in 2006 she launched her own medical management consulting firm for health-care providers and insurers. Among her volunteer roles, she has served as policy advisor for the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.
She says she is “honored and excited by the opportunity to shape the alumni association’s strategic direction for the next several years.” One direction will be toward “addressing the demographics of our constituency.
As more male alums reach their forties and fifties,” she explains, “the alumni board will work to assure that our strategies meet their needs.” She starts from a good vantage point: “In maintaining my contact with Skidmore—through my son Hans ’01, my sisters and our family scholarship fund, and various volunteer positions—I have witnessed Skidmore’s growth during the past few decades.” Now, she says, having met “some incredibly talented and fascinating alumni who are giving our college a great name,” she wants to carry on the work of previous presidents to foster “a strong alumni association through which all Skidmore graduates can stay connected.”
Previous president Deb Coons has no doubts that “Judy will be terrific” and will enjoy working with the “accomplished and energetic group” of alumni board members as much as she did. The position’s seat on the college’s board of trustees was another highlight for Coons: “It was uplifting to work with the trustees—distinguished men and women in many fields of accomplishment, who are strongly united by their commitment to Skidmore’s sustained leadership in the academic world.” Sounds like Kunisch will fit right in. —SR