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
Policy on Political Activity
To the Skidmore Community:
Now that the first presidential debate has taken place, we have entered into the most public segment of a lengthy campaign season. In fact, the election is six weeks from today. We have witnessed strong opinions during this political season and anticipate that this will continue.
I write to remind you that we do have a College policy on Political Activity, which I encourage you to review at this weblink.
Our policy was developed by students, staff, and faculty members. In reviewing it, you will see that its underlying essence is a call for us to be wise, measured, and respectful of opinions that differ from our own. Please refer to this Policy when thinking about any political activity that you or your organization may plan to undertake.
As a liberal arts college, we greatly prize freedom of expression, and we also value, and expect, that we honor and learn from diverse schools of thought.
You have likely seen advertised the impressive array of activities and events that are being held right here on campus this fall. I encourage you to visit the exhibit, "A More Perfect Union" at the Frances M. Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, which is providing a "town square" hub of activities and events. For example, over 330 community members attended a "Debate Watch Party" last night at the Tang. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media publisher Jose Antonio Vargas will be at the Tang tomorrow night to talk about immigration policy and the presidential election. And on Monday, October 10, Alexander Heffner, host of PBS’s show The Open Mind, will moderate a dialogue with Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko entitled "What Ever Happened to Compromise?"
A full listing of related events coming up on campus may be found here. If you have an upcoming event and would like to add it to the list, please let us know.
As we head toward Tuesday, November 8, I encourage you to participate in the election process and to find positive ways to make your opinion known that lead to greater understanding and exchange in a respectful manner. Thank you.
Please join us for a performance and campus discussion
Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m. in the Dance Theater
A multimedia dance journey tracing the intersections of African, Jewish, and Native American heritages. General admission seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:40 p.m.
Friday, September 30 from 3:00—4:30 p.m. in JKB Theater
All are welcome whether or not you are able to attend the performance.
Conceived and performed by Adam McKinney
Directed by Daniel Banks
Learn more about DNAWORKS
Sponsors: President's Office, the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity, Arts Administration, Theater Department, Dance Department, and the Arts Planning Group.
Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
To the Skidmore Community:
I write to share news that I reported at the September faculty meeting: Beau Breslin, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will leave his administrative post as of January 1, 2018. Beau has graciously agreed to stay on through 2017 in order to complete some key projects related to the Center for Integrated Sciences, participate in a large number of tenure decisions next fall, and continue work on the General Education curriculum renewal. He will take a well-deserved sabbatical in 2018–19 and then rejoin the Political Science Department in September 2019.
I accepted Beau’s decision with reluctance. He has been – and will continue to be – a strong voice for academic life throughout the College, an advocate for our faculty, and a community leader. With six years of dedicated service in this role and four in previous administrative duties, he has been away from his teaching and research for ten years now, and I know that he misses being in the classroom with our students.
I have discussed this transition with the chairs of key faculty committees, including the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) and the Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure (CAPT), as well as the vice chair of the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee (IPPC). We will begin a national search next fall, and I will work through the appropriate governance channels on the appointment of an Interim Dean/Vice President for the spring of 2018 and on other matters relating to this search.
I appreciate that Beau will continue his stellar administrative service for the next three semesters, and I am equally pleased that he will continue to be an invaluable advisor to me and members of the President’s Cabinet during this time. We are very grateful for all that he has done in support of Skidmore in this important role.
In due course, we will have the opportunity to celebrate Beau’s many accomplishments, but I believe it is appropriate to inform the community of his decision now, so that we can, with his involvement, make plans for this important transition.
Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas as we move forward. Thank you for your attention.