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Join the Friends of the Presidents!
in 1966, the Friends of the Presidents Society recognizes the Colleges
most generous donors, who set an example of leadership in annual giving
(the gift level for membership is $2,000, with a sliding scale of
lower levels for the most recent classes). Meet an alumna who established
a scholarship with her FOP donation
Education has always been a priority for Pamela
White Wagner 61. After Skidmore, she took her sociology degree and
minor in elementary education to the Boston suburbs, where she began
teaching third grade in public schools. With a deep appreciation for
her Skidmore education, Wagner joined the Boston alumni club and,
after moving to the Philadelphia area in 1965, became president of
the Philadelphia club. She also became a class agent and fundraising
After working on her twenty-fifth reunion committee, Wagner became class president, helping her fund chairs and agents raise money for the Annual Fund. She also got involved in the Parents Council when daughter Wendy Leighton 87 attended Skidmore. At its thirtieth reunion, in 1991, Wagners class broke the giving record for a thirtieth reunion and won the Presidents Award for Overall Achievement.
A longtime donor at the Friends of the Presidents level, Wagner served as FOP chair for her classs thirty-fifth reunion, encouraging classmates to take their giving to the next level. Indeed annual contributions play an increasingly crucial role at Skidmore as the demand for student aid increases. And Wagner has done her part: for the past couple of years she has given at the $10,000 level because thats the amount required for an annual-fund scholarship to enable a student in need to attend Skidmore. Supporting scholarships has been important to me, she says. What greater gift can we give future generations than that of education? As she tells her classmates, Those who have the wherewithal to do so should give back to the school that gave us so much.
Now retired, Wagner and husband Bill split their time between their home near Philadelphia and their Adirondack-style home in Keene Valley, N.Y. But others have taken up her calling: daughters Kristine and Wendy have both been teachers, and son Christopher volunteers at a school near his home.
And this year Wagner and classmates are aiming to break some fortieth-reunion giving records: they hope to raise $200,000 for the Annual Fund plus another $200,000 to name the grand staircase in the Tang Museum for their late classmate Frances Young Tang 61. And in years to come, Wagner says, shell continue to support FOP and other fundraising initiatives because, as she insists, education is a priority.