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Skidmore College
Office of the President

Title IX Coordinator

December 8, 2016

title ixDear Members of the Skidmore Community,

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Joel Aure as Skidmore's new Title IX Coordinator, effective January 9, 2017. Joel currently serves as the Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Coordinator at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY).

Joel has been with SUNY Purchase since 2005, holding positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of areas, including academic advising, student success, teaching and mentoring, orientation, first-year experience, affirmative action, strategic planning, and governance. In his most recent role, as Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Joel researched and implemented various components of Title IX practice and policies, including best practices in investigations, compliance, bystander intervention, LGBTQ awareness, and the numerous aspects of sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response.

A native of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Joel holds a B.A. and M.F.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University and Sarah Lawrence College, respectively.

At Skidmore, Joel will work as a partner with all campus community members to bolster the College's prevention and educational efforts around prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. He will be responsible for fulfilling our commitment to a fair and equitable process to address serious matters of sexual and gender-based misconduct.

As previously announced, this is a newly created position that will report directly to me. Joel will oversee the College's Title IX efforts, as well as compliance with related laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act. He will chair the College's Advisory Council on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and provide oversight of compliance with all Title IX policies. He will manage reporting, keep the community informed of policy changes and updates, supervise annual training, administer investigations, and provide direction to our Deputy Title IX coordinators in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Human Resources. Finally, he will work closely with Campus Safety and our off-campus partners, including law enforcement and counseling resources.

I want to express my deep gratitude for the terrific work of the screening group that included Max Fleischman '19, Chris Kopec, Alena Llorens-Myers, Mariel Martin, Tim Munro, DyAnna Washington '18, and Joshua C. Woodfork (chair). Thanks to the many students, staff, and faculty members who interacted with our candidates and provided valuable feedback. This process was ably assisted by Tom Molloy as our search consultant.

I also want to thank Sarah Delaney Vero, who has served as our Interim Title IX Coordinator. I am grateful for her excellent work and willingness to step in and assist us during this transition.

Please join me in welcoming our new colleague Joel when we return to campus after our extended winter break.


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.
May 16 2018

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.
May 16 2018

I write to provide an update that following the announcement that Michael West, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, will retire August 31, 2018, we have appointed a committee to lead a national search to fill the position.
Apr 19 2018