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Spring 2000

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Meet the members

Jeanne Shipp Waldinger ’68
Vice President, Board Relations
Term: 1998–2001


     A fter graduating from Skidmore, Jeanne Shipp Waldinger ’68 immersed herself in demanding careers, so her volunteer activity was limited to projects—usually high-impact, fundraising efforts—that were one-time or once-a-year events. It was through occasional attendance at Skidmore alumni club events in Boston that she became aware of the dynamic changes taking place at Skidmore College in the 1970s. When friends encouraged her to return for her 15th reunion, she discovered that “the College was growing and changing in very positive ways,” she says. At the same time, “so much of what I valued as an undergraduate continued to be part of Skidmore.”

     In the late 1980s, when Waldinger was unable to make a donation at the level requested in a fundraising solicitation, she considered other ways of contributing to the College. She became president of her class and attended Leadership Council, where she discovered “how satisfying it was to contribute to Skidmore not only financially but also with time and expertise.” Waldinger also served on the Alumni Awards Committee and now sits on the alumni board as vice president for board relations and chair of a working group that strives to strengthen the role and identity of the board. She is pleased that her career experience in strategic planning and project management has proved valuable in her work on the alumni board.

     As a Skidmore student, Waldinger majored in psychology because she planned on graduate school in counseling. But, she confesses, she preferred her two undeclared minors in government and French. And instead of graduate school, she chose on a career in college admissions and later in high-technology sales and marketing. For the last five years, she has developed and directed a foundation-funded seminar and mentoring program that helps Boston public-school principals and other administrators to sharpen their leadership skills. Waldinger lives outside Boston, where she moved in 1971 after marrying husband Peter.

     Waldinger acknowledges that today few people have extra time on their hands for volunteer involvements. Though she often feels stretched by her numerous commitments, she says she’s glad to be a Skidmore volunteer—she only wishes she hadn’t waited for someone to ask her. “More alumni should get involved,” she says, “so that they can enjoy and share a deeper appreciation of Skidmore’s strengths, and an understanding of how alumni contributions make a difference for current students and for the future of the College.” —SG


In last issue’s profile of board member Rob Resnick ’88, Scope made a couple of errors. Resnick was appointed, not elected, as special assistant attorney general in Massachusetts, and he entered the U.S. Army JAG Corps in 1992. His current title at Fort Bliss, Texas, is chief of criminal justice.


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