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Trustees Approve 'Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore'

November 7, 2013

Trustees Approve ‘Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore’

November 7, 2013

Scott and Nancy
the first to sign the trustees'
resolution of support for the campaign. - See more at:
 first to sign the trustees' resolution
of support for the campaign were
National Campaign Co-Chairs W. Scott
McGraw P'12 and Nancy W. Hamilton '77.

Leading the College into a new era, the Skidmore Board of Trustees agreed at their fall meeting to launch a six-year campaign to build a new Center for Integrated Sciences, expand student internships and collaborative research, support new programs at the Tang Museum, and increase the College’s budget for financial aid, among other priorities.

With the trustees’ unanimous vote, the College entered a two-year “nucleus phase” for Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore. During this period, the board will determine a specific goal between $220 million and $240 million. Just over $50 million already has been given or pledged. Strengthening the Annual Fund will be a key part of the effort. 

Nancy W. Hamilton ’77 and W. Scott McGraw ‘P12 are serving as national campaign co-chairs.

Gathering almost exactly ten years after the inauguration of Philip A. Glotzbach as Skidmore’s seventh president on October 18, 2003, trustees and friends participated in a series of events on October 25 and 26 that included the dedication of Sussman Village, a celebration of the next phase of the Valentine Boathouse project, science-oriented presentations by alumni and faculty and a keynote address by noted string theorist and author Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.

Board chair Linda Toohey called the weekend “a pivotal moment – an opportunity to reflect on Skidmore’s past, consider our present, and announce exciting new plans for our future.”

The Trustees also approved the next phase of design development for the new Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS).  Home to nine departments and more than 40 percent of the College’s faculty, the CIS willencompass nearly 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, instrumentation centers, offices, and independent student workspaces. In his remarks at the evening launch event, Glotzbach called it “the most critical initiative on our agenda at this moment in our history.” 

“We believe deeply in the notion that a liberally educated human being is one who can enter fully into the central debates of our time,” he said. “Given the wealth of science-based issues facing us -- from global warming to genetically modified foods, it is clear that one cannot fully participate in the these debates without a high level of scientific literacy.”

“I also believe that Skidmore has something quite important to add to our national conversation on these issues,” he continued. “In particular, I believe that our intensely interdisciplinary, relentlessly creative approach to science teaching, learning, and research is not simply a welcome but rather a necessary contribution to this work.” 



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