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President recognized for commitment to diversity, multiculturalism

December 21, 2012

President recognized for commitment to diversity, multiculturalism


The Albany-area Leadership Council on Inclusion has recognized Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach for his commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.

Glotzbach received an award from the council at its annual awards ceremony. He was cited for the broad strategic goals he has articulated for the college and for specific initiatives that he has supported with his time, energy, and institutional funding.

The council specifically recognized Goal II of Skidmore's Strategic Plan, which promotes intercultural understanding and global awareness. Notable steps to incorporate this goal across the Skidmore campus are the expansion of Skidmore's Opportunity Program, which supports the enrollment of educationally and financially disadvantaged students; a more than doubling of the college's financial aid budget; and significant increases in enrollment of domestic students of color (from approximately 12 percent in 2004 to 24 percent in 2012).

Phil and Marie Glotzbach at the Leadership Council on Inclusion annual awards ceremony.
Phil and Marie Glotzbach at the Leadership Council
on Inclusion annual awards ceremony.

Glotzbach also was recognized for encouraging diversity and inclusion training for all faculty and staff, and for his leadership on a community-wide steering committee created to promote discussion of issues of diversity and inclusion in the Saratoga Springs community. The group includes local business and school leaders, as well as elected officials.

Other Skidmore initiatives noted by the Leadership Council on Inclusion include providing college funding for student-led diversity programming, an Intergroup Relations Dialogue Program (which has become part of Skidmore's new Intergroup Relations minor), and the Black Faculty and Staff Group.

Based at Excelsior College, the Leadership Council on Inclusion works to enhance and promote diversity and multicultural programs at educational institutions and agencies in New York's Capital Region. The council serves as a resource, advocate, and catalyst for institutional change related to local and national issues of inclusion in education. Council members represent Capital District colleges and universities, the state Department of Education, and the NYS Higher Education Services Corp.

The council recognizes representatives of its member schools though its annual awards, which celebrate those working to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in the area's higher education community. Awards are designated for a college president, faculty member, staff member, and student whose efforts are deemed noteworthy.
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Leadership Council on Inclusion honorees Angela Tatem (left), director, Kenney Community Outreach Center at Union College (Administrator Award winner); Philip Glotzbach, president, Skidmore College (President Award winner); Maureen Obie, chair, President’s Committee on Inclusion at Excelsior College (Student Award winner); and Myles Clendenin, resident assistant/student association officer, The College of Saint Rose, (Student Award winner).

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