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President Glotzbach Addresses Community

November 1, 2015

To the Skidmore community:

I write with a heavy heart to share with you the news that no college president ever wants to share with a campus community. One of the students involved in the vehicle-pedestrian accident early this morning has passed away and two others remain in intensive care at Albany Medical Center.

All of the families have been at the hospital with their children since early this morning. Marie and I will see them today and we will assure them that Skidmore will do everything we can for them.

The student who died is Michael Hedges of Lenox, Massachusetts, a first-year student. The injured students are Toby Freeman, a first-year student from New York and Oban Galbraith, also a first-year student, from Shelburne, Vermont. I know I speak for the entire Skidmore community when I say that we are mourning with Michael’s family and praying for the speedy recovery of Toby and Oban. We will keep you informed of their progress when we have more news.

Students and counselors are gathering at the Wilson Chapel this afternoon and the hours of the Counseling Center have been extended. You can reach the Counseling Center at 518-580-5555. Tomorrow night at 8 p.m. we will hold a campus gathering.

This is a very sad time for every member of our campus community. Please do everything you can to console and look out for each other as we send our thoughts and prayers to the students and families involved in this tragedy.


Philip A. Glotzbach

Posted On: Sunday, Nov. 1, 12:20 p.m.


To the Skidmore Community:

I write to share the difficult news that three Skidmore student pedestrians were involved in a serious car accident on Clinton Street Saturday night. All three students are currently in local hospitals. Their families have been informed.  Skidmore is cooperating with local law enforcement officials as they investigate.

Members of Skidmore's Counseling Center staff will be available in Wilson Chapel from noon to 1:30 p.m. today and in the Counseling Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

More details will be released as they become available.


Gail Cummings-Danson
Interim Dean of Students and
Vice President of Student Affairs

Posted On:  Sunday, Nov. 1, 9:03 a.m.

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