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Skidmore College
Office of the President

Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore

November 16, 2017

Dear members of the Skidmore community,

This is an extraordinary moment for Skidmore College.

Our students are stronger than ever, going on to win prestigious fellowships, enroll in the finest graduate schools, and secure career-building first jobs.

President Glotzbach with students
Creating our future together

Learn about the Campaign’s priorities and how
your support will make a difference. Also view
the video that celebrates Skidmore and the
power of creative thought.

Our faculty are celebrated for their pedagogy and research. They're regarded as true mentors and teachers by our students, while successfully competing for grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other major funders.

In recent years, we've transformed our curriculum and created exciting new academic programs and student-life initiatives. We've constructed award-winning residential and dining facilities and instituted environmental practices that have garnered national recognition for our commitment to sustainability.

Acclaimed venues like the Frances Young Tang '61 Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and the Arthur Zankel Music Center are drawing attention from across the globe.

Today, Skidmore is seizing this moment—this position of strength—to launch Creating Our Future—The Campaign for Skidmore. This ambitious effort to raise $200 million will build on our reputation and provide the resources to ensure that creativity, collaboration, and community flourish at the core of everything Skidmore does.

A key priority of Creating Our Future is the construction of the Center for Integrated Sciences, which will house all 10 of our departments and programs in the physical and life sciences. Its innovative design will foster collaboration across these and other disciplines, transforming teaching and research at Skidmore.

In addition to the CIS, the campaign will help Skidmore connect more students to paid internships, collaborative research, and experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for successful careers and life after graduation. It will allow us to offer more scholarships and financial aid to deserving students from all backgrounds so that we may continue to foster an inclusive community. It will also strengthen the Tang Museum's capacity for creative exploration, fund crucial improvements to our athletic facilities and programs, and increase support for the Skidmore Fund, which helps underwrite everything the College does.

We are grateful and humbled that more than 19,000 donors have given a remarkable $145,346,214 to the campaign since its "quiet phase" began in 2013. This includes a record-breaking 28 commitments of $1 million or more.

We now invite you to consider a gift of any amount to one of the campaign's funding priorities—or to any other area of the College that's important to you. We encourage you to visit the campaign's website to learn more about the priorities and how you can participate in Creating Our Future.

This evening, nearly 400 alumni, students, faculty, parents, and friends gathered in New York City for the College's annual dinner honoring members of the Presidents Society. The event also served as a formal jumping-off point for the "public phase" of the campaign. We are planning additional campaign launch events in cities around the country and on campus this Spring and Fall, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Now is the time for Skidmore to embrace its great potential. Together, let's seize this opportunity to create the best possible experience for our students and to develop them into productive global citizens.

Together, we will create our future.


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

I am pleased to share several updates about the redesign of the website, a record number of applications for the Class of 2022, the annual sustainability report, and next year’s budget recommendations.
Apr 6 2018

After nearly 14 years with Skidmore College, Michael West, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, has announced his retirement, effective August 31, 2018.
Mar 27 2018