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Skidmore College
Office of the President

Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,

Many of us have seen news coverage of the devastation currently being wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, effects that may extend in time to Louisiana and elsewhere. Our hearts go out to those affected by the terrible winds, tidal surges, and unprecedented flooding. Skidmore’s current student body includes students from Houston and other Texas cities, and a number of our alumni and friends live in the affected areas as well. Beyond that, many of us will have family members and friends who also are dealing with disruption to their lives and businesses. I believe that most—if not all—of us will be touched by this disaster one way or another. So please let us do what we can to lend assistance.

Alumni Relations and College Events reached out last night to our Houston alumni offering support. Student Affairs is partnering with Admissions and Academic Affairs to identify and reach out to our students from affected areas, and Advancement is reaching out to our students’ families. I’ve also asked that members of our Student Affairs staff to share information regarding organizations that are engaged in providing relief to those most directly affected by this storm.

Along with you, Marie and I will continue to hold the many displaced families in our hearts and minds. Thank you for your attention and your concern.


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