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Office of the President

Community Dialogue Series

February 16, 2017

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community:

As included in the Strategic Action Agenda (SAA) associated with Skidmore's Strategic Plan, I am announcing the first phase of a Presidential speaker series, which we are calling a "Community Dialogue Series," designed to bring noted experts to campus to lead meaningful dialogues around significant issues that affect us as a community.

The first three events in the ongoing series begin next week. They include:

  • The Contours of Free Speech on Campus
    Featuring Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Wednesday, February, 22, 2017
    Luncheon, 12:15–1:30 p.m., Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, second floor
    This is a sign-up first come, first-served event with slots for students, staff, faculty, and trustees.
  • Immigration and the Future of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
    Featuring David W. Oxtoby, President, Pomona College
    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    4–4:45 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
    This event is open to all community members.
  • Institutional Values and Investment Decisions
    Featuring David W. Oxtoby, President, Pomona College, and a panel discussion
    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    5–6:15 p.m., Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, second floor
    This event is open to all community members.

We are also planning an event on the topic of diversity and inclusion for mid-April. I will share information about that event with you when the details are finalized. For now, I invite you to take the time to participate in these opportunities. Please bring your ideas and opinions as we learn from our speakers and each other. Thank you.


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