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President Philip A. Glotzbach

Philip A. Glotzbach

Message from the President

Update on the VPFA search

I am pleased to provide an update on the national search to fill the position of vice president for finance and administration and treasurer. The search process has begun and relevant materials are available on the search website.




Campus Update

Even as we have celebrated the increases in our applicant pools over the past few years, we have seen seen a steady growth in the percentage of applicants seeking financial aid, and a sharp increase in the cost of health insurance for our employees. Solving these challenges will require us to find cost savings in the budget.


An update on the projected enrollment numbers for the Skidmore Class of 2022 provided by Mary Lou Bates, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid.

Friendships and fun. Accomplishments and confidence. The Class of 2018 shares how their lives have changed from 2014 to 2018.

The big day is nearly here! We're answering all of your questions about speakers, schedules, seating and more.

As our seniors enjoy their last days as Skidmore students, we're looking at what makes this graduating group stand out.

Skidmore senior class president Rachael Thomeer and faculty speaker Chris Mann sit down to discuss their upcoming Commencement speeches—inspirations, nerves, hopes and all.

Campus Notes

Pam Fisher, associate director of employer outreach and strategic communications in the Career Development Center, presented a paper titled "From Nothing to Something: How a First-time Marketing Strategy Elevated Skidmore's Career Development Center" at the Communicating Careers Conference at Boston University on May 10.

Regina Janes, professor of English, had an essay titled "Incipience: Inventing Genres, Or Henry Fielding Makes It a Habit" published in The Ways of Fiction: New Essays on the Literary Cultures of the Eighteenth Century (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).

Rebecca Johnson, associate professor of psychology, co-authored a paper that appeared in the April 24 issue of the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics titled "Are two spaces better than one? The effect of spacing following periods and commas during reading." The study was cited May 4 in the Washington Post and in the Atlantic on May 11.

Paul Arciero, professor of health and human physiological sciences, discussed a study he co-authored in a May 11 Times Union story titled "Exercising while gaming could slow cognitive declines, study finds." The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Yelena Biberman, assistant professor of political science, co-authored a May 7 Washington Post story titled "Pakistani militants have created their own political party. Can it actually win votes?"

Howson will serve New York State Council on the Arts

David Howson, executive director of arts administration, has been appointed to the New York State Council on the Arts' theater panel. The panel reviews grant applications for theater companies across the state.

Spa Specials

Skidmore Spotlight

Doug Chang

Doug Chang is the textbook technology and technology sales coordinator for Skidmore. He also works as the Authorized Apple Campus resale coordinator at the Skid Shop.


Chang said the Annual Culinary Competition, Employee Appreciation Day and Alumni Weekend are among his favorite Skidmore traditions; which, he said, all center around great food.


Creating Our Future Campaign Update

Leslie Snow Féron '48 recently revealed the depth of her devotion to the Skidmore community with the gift of a $2.4 million unrestricted bequest. Her gift will be used to support the Center for Integrated Sciences.



All students must be moved out of their apartments by 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Campus Events

Friday, May 18

1 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum


Saturday, May 19

10:40 a.m.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center


Wednesday, May 23

7 p.m.

Dance Theater

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