Office of the President

Dr. Philip A. Glotzbach

President of Skidmore College

Philip A. Glotzbach became the seventh President of Skidmore College on July 1, 2003. A philosopher, academic administrator, and spokesperson on issues of higher education, he joined the College following eleven years at the University of Redlands in southern California

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President Philip A. Glotzbach


Nov 15 2017
Creating Our Future - The Campaign for Skidmore is dedicated to the principles of creativity, opportunity and independence, with an ambitious fundraising goal of $200 million by 2020.

Dear members of the Skidmore community,

This is an extraordinary moment for Skidmore College.

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

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.

Nov 6 2017
This is a message from the New York Six Consortium Presidents related to H.B.1.

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,

Please find below a message from the New York Six Consortium Presidents related to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. More information on the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium may be accessed here.

November 6, 2017

We write concerning the bill introduced last week in the U. S. House of Representatives, H.R. 1, which includes provisions that will have significant negative impacts on those seeking degrees at the nation’s private colleges and universities and on the operation of these important institutions themselves. These additional financial burdens would be imposed at a time when colleges and universities are working hard to contain their costs to make higher education affordable for all young Americans.

First, by eliminating the Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, the bill hurts families who are saving for their children’s college educations in the hope of providing them with the means for a successful future. Further, eliminating deductions for student loan interest will make it even more difficult for recent college graduates to gain financial stability early in their careers, and it could serve as a disincentive for students to pursue a college degree.

The bill also proposes taxes on certain private college endowments, the income from which funds millions of dollars in financial aid in our six institutions alone, thereby ensuring access and affordability for students from all walks of life. Finally, this bill would eliminate the ability of private institutions to issue tax-exempt bonds to finance new construction, thus increasing the cost of upgrading facilities such as classrooms, science labs, and student housing.

These elements of H.R. 1 are, quite simply, opposed to a bipartisan commitment to the value of higher education as a critical element of individual and collective advancement. To eliminate key financial incentives and benefits that ensure a student’s college of choice is within reach is to eliminate students’ freedom to seek higher education on their own terms. To tax endowment income will only make it harder for the broadest range of students to attend these important institutions.

We ask you to reject these provisions of H.R. 1 in the interest of maximizing educational opportunities for students so that our communities and our country will benefit from their future achievements and prosperity for generations to come.


Stephen Ainlay, President, Union College
Brian Casey, President, Colgate University 
William Fox, President, St. Lawrence University 
Philip Glotzbach, President, Skidmore College 
Gregory Vincent, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
David Wippman, President, Hamilton College

Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Nov 3 2017
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael T. Orr as Skidmore's next Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 16, 2018.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael T. Orr as Skidmore's next Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 16, 2018, following a national search to fill this critical leadership position.

Michael brings to Skidmore extensive experience as an administrator and academic leader. Since 2011, he has served as the Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lake Forest College with oversight for all aspects of the college's academic program. During his tenure, he has led a number of initiatives, including completing the current strategic plan, revising the general education curriculum, coordinating the planning for a $43 million expansion and renovation of science facilities, and preparing for the college's recent successful reaccreditation review.

Michael was also responsible for hiring approximately one-third of all full-time faculty members and assisted the college in raising over $3 million in foundation support, including a $500,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation for science equipment. In 2013, he helped establish the Institute on College Futures, an annual two-day seminar on the economic challenges facing liberal arts colleges for faculty leaders at member institutions of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

Before joining the administration of Lake Forest College, Michael was a faculty member for more than 20 years at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. During his tenure at Lawrence, he served multiple terms as chair of the Department of Art and Art History and chaired a variety of university-wide committees, including the Committee on University Governance; the Committee on Tenure, Reappointment, Promotion and Equal Opportunity Employment; and a Trustee Task Force on Student Residential Life.

An accomplished educator, he was awarded Lawrence's Young Teacher Award, Freshman Studies Teaching Prize, and the University Award for Excellence in Teaching. Michael spent the 2009–2010 academic year at Macalester College as an American Council on Education Fellow, one of only 39 selected nationwide. In 2010-11, he was appointed as the Special Assistant to the President for Strategic and Financial Planning.

A scholar of late medieval English illuminated manuscripts, Michael earned his bachelor's degree in art history at University College London, UK, and his master's and doctoral degrees in art history at Cornell University. He is co-author of three volumes in the Harvey Miller series An Index of Images in English Manuscripts from the Time of Chaucer to Henry VIII, c. 1380 – c. 1509 and has published a range of other articles and book chapters on English medieval art.

Michael is eager to join the Skidmore community, and is "looking forward to working with Skidmore's talented faculty and staff in furthering the college's educational mission." He continues, "I am particularly excited at the prospect of helping the college implement its new Strategic Plan, including contributing to the planning for the Center for Integrated Sciences and assisting with the launch of the revised general education curriculum. Above all, I am eager to begin collaborating with Skidmore's outstanding faculty in supporting and sustaining their work as teachers and scholars."

Michael succeeds Beau Breslin, who has served as Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2012. Beau will step down from the position on December 31, to return to the faculty in January 2018, and Crystal Moore, Associate Dean of Faculty, will serve the Interim Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the spring semester until Michael assumes his role in July 2018.

During his time as Director of the First Year Experience, Acting Dean, and Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs (DoF/VPAA), Beau Breslin has provided exemplary administrative service, which was always shaped by his vision of liberal education and his deep commitment to Skidmore. As DoF/VPAA, Beau helped to guide the College through a strategic planning process, a successful reaccreditation effort, the revision of our General Education curriculum, planning for the design and funding of the Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS), the hiring of nearly one-half of our continuing faculty members, and the development of an effective faculty diversity hiring initiative that has become a national model. Above all, he served as the strong voice of the faculty within the senior administration. For these significant contributions, he deserves both our thanks and our praise.

Let me also express my appreciation to Associate Dean Crystal Moore for her willingness to serve as Interim Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs during the coming spring semester. In this role, Crystal will provide continuity in the Dean's Office and will facilitate the transition of Michael into his new position at the College.

Additionally, I'd like to acknowledge our national search firm, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, for identifying and presenting numerous well-qualified candidates, and I would like to express my deep appreciation to our dedicated search committee, which included Denise Smith (Vice Chair), Cerri Banks, Marta Brunner, Amon Emeka, Tim Harper, Christine Merrill, Viviana Rangil, Henry Jaffe '18, and Kali Villarosa '18.

Please join me in welcoming our new colleague Michael T. Orr to the Skidmore community.


Why It Matters
We must prepare our students not only for today's professional world but also for tomorrow's, which will demand even higher levels of ingenuity and innovation.