Office of the President

President Philip Glotzbach, 2008Philip A. Glotzbach

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, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and, before that, as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to arriving at Redlands, he was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Denison University, where he taught for fifteen years.  

In his nine years at Skidmore, President Glotzbach has overseen the development and implementation of the College's Strategic Plan entitled Engaged Liberal Learning: The Plan for Skidmore College 2005-2015.  Using the Strategic Plan as a roadmap, President Glotzbach is leading campus initiatives to enhance student academic engagement, intercultural and global understanding, and responsible citizenship, while working to strengthen the College's financial and human resources.  During this time, the College has implemented a new First-Year curriculum and several interdisciplinary majors and minors, substantially increased support for athletics, and seen the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery rise to national prominence as the premier institution of its kind among college and university galleries. 

Since 2003, the College has increased both its selectivity in admissions and the diversity of its student body.  It also has placed a new emphasis on intercultural literacy and global understanding across its curricular and co-curricular programs; in addition, it has provided support to enable all students to study abroad.  Currently, on average, nearly 60% of each graduating class will have benefited from such opportunities.  At the same time, the College has been working to increase scientific literacy across the curriculum. Finally, the College is placing increased emphasis on environmental responsibility, student research (including student-faculty research), student volunteerism, service learning, and student internships. The overarching framework for all this work is the College’s assertion that Creative Thought Matters – a commitment we see as fundamental to achievement in all areas of the curriculum and our students’ lives.

In addition to the Strategic Plan, Skidmore completed a revised Campus Plan to guide building decisions for the foreseeable future and improve its stewardship of the 700 acre Skidmore North Woods.  Under the guidance of the Campus Plan, Skidmore has invested more than $150 million in numerous initiatives to improve both the facilities and ambience of the campus.  Specifically, the College completed apartment-style campus housing for 380 upperclass students, totally renovated the dining facility, enhanced athletic facilities, constructed the Arthur Zankel Music Center (providing a new home for the Music Department and including the spectacular 650-seat Helen Filene Ladd Hall), renovated Filene Hall, renovated Saisselin Hall (Studio Art), renovated Starbuck Center, renovated Scribner Library (moving IT into that building to enhance technological resources for students and faculty members), and soon will complete the replacement of the aging Scribner Village complex with new apartment-style townhouse residences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. During this time, each previously existing residence hall also has been updated, with special attention to health and safety issues (e.g., adding sprinklers).  All these construction and renovation projects incorporate significant "green" design features, most notably geo-thermal heating and cooling, for which the College has received national recognition.  Skidmore is now engaged in a major curricular and facilities planning effort aimed at bringing all the physical and life science departments and programs together – comprising 40% of the College’s faculty – to create new synergies in teaching and learning. 

Supporting these efforts is Skidmore's recently completed six-year Creative Thought - Bold Promise comprehensive campaign, which raised over $216 million in support from trustees, alumni, parents, students, employees, foundations, and friends of the College.  The Zankel Center was funded as one initiative in the campaign, other initiatives included funding for two new endowed chairs, support for financial aid, student-faculty summer research, other building projects (including the lead gift for the Scribner Village replacement), and over $75 million in unrestricted funds.

President Glotzbach is active with a number of state and national organizations that support higher education, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities of New York (cIcu), and the Annapolis Group of colleges (which he currently serves as chair of the Executive Committee).  He has written and presented widely on issues in higher education.  Those topics have ranged from the shaping of institutional mission and the importance of science in the liberal arts to faculty workloads, collaborative leadership, shared governance on college and university campuses, strategic planning for colleges and universities, and the meaning of both intercultural literacy and scientific literacy.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Trust Company of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce. 

He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.Phil. (1974) and Ph.D. from Yale University in 1979. His areas of academic specialization are the philosophy of psychology and the philosophy of language, including research on philosophical issues in perception and artificial intelligence.  His personal interests include reading, film, theater, photography, physical fitness (including golf, running, and downhill and cross-country skiing), and acoustic folk guitar. 

Marie GlotzbachMarie B. Glotzbach

Marie B. Glotzbach, a theatre educator for more than 35 years and the wife of President Glotzbach, has been a steady presence and involved partner in his work, especially in fundraising and outreach to the Skidmore and Saratoga Springs communities. Over the course of her professional career, Marie has been a teacher, administrator, and a theatrical director/producer. Prior to the Glotzbachs' move to Skidmore, Marie was a visiting lecturer and guest director in the Department of Theatre at the University of Redlands, and Artistic Director of the Theater Arts Company in Redlands.  She is presently a lecturer in Skidmore's Department of Theater.  During the fall of 2006, Marie and Phil co-taught a Scribner Seminar for first-year students titled "The Liberally Educated Leader." 

For more than 35 years, Marie has been an active member of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), serving on its Board of Trustees and in various leadership positions, including the EdTA Leadership Coach for the northeast.  She received an Outstanding Achievement in Theater Award from the Ohio Theatre Alliance, and in 2001 Marie was inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame.  
She also received the University of Redlands Town and Gown Association’s Women of Distinction award as an arts and education leader in that community.

During her time at Skidmore, Marie has helped to enhance the College’s presence in the local community by spearheading major collaborative efforts such as Saratoga Reads! (a community-wide single-book reading project), Skidmore Cares (a College-wide charitable giving campaign during the holiday season), and the SaratogaArtsFest (a celebration of the arts that was launched during the summer of 2007), in which she served as the first Chair of the Board of Directors.  She also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Saratoga's Universal Preservation Hall and Children and Nature and currently sits on the Leadership Saratoga Board.  In addition, Marie is a mentor in the Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar program.  She has been honored by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Foundation for her community service and has been named as one of the top 10 “Women of Influence” by Saratoga Today newspaper.  In December 2012, Marie received the inaugural Community Arts Leadership Award by Saratoga Arts.

Beyond her commitment to the Saratoga Springs community, Marie has been actively engaged in maintaining the legacy of Scribner House, the President's home originally owned by Lucy Skidmore Scribner, the College's founder.  She has worked with the Tang Museum to install a collection of art works at Scribner House reflecting both the College's heritage (many of the pieces were owned by Mrs. Scribner), as well as the strength of its current studio arts faculty.  The Glotzbachs regard Scribner House as the "living room of the College,” and Marie and Phil enjoy opening their home to members of the Skidmore and Saratoga Springs communities on many occasions throughout the year.

Marie holds a B.A. in theatre from Clarke College and an M.A. from the University of Redlands, with additional graduate study in music and theatre at the Hartt School of Music and Ohio University.

Jason and Elizabeth Glotzbach

The Glotzbachs are the parents of two adult children: Jason and Elizabeth.  Dr. Jason Glotzbach (Princeton '99 and Tulane Medical School '05) is a fifth-year resident in general surgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  His residency included three years of stem cell research on the regeneration of heart tissue at Stanford Medical School.  Beginning in 2013, Jason will undertake a Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.  Jason is married to Dr. Kristi Lewis Glotzbach (St. Mary's College of California '98 and Tulane Medical School '05), who completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and then completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the Stanford Medical School.  She currently is finishing a second fellowship, in Pediatric Intensive Care, at Duke University.  Their first child, Barrett William Glotzbach, was born in May 2010.

Elizabeth Glotzbach attended Santa Clara University ('03), where she majored in Communications and played on the women’s water polo team; she was named a co-captain her senior year.  After graduation, Liz worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, most recently as a creative coordinator at Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Tragically, in May 2011, while she was an associate producer on a film being shot in New York City, Elizabeth lost her life to Type I diabetes.  In recognition of her indomitable spirit, the Santa Clara water polo team has named its annual prize for the most inspiring player in her honor. At Skidmore, generous contributions from alumni and trustees have enabled the College to establish in her memory a paid student internship in the film industry and a scholarship, for which the Glotzbach family is deeply grateful.

The Glotzbachs with SummitSummit

The final member of the Glotzbach family is Summit, a chocolate Labrador retriever who proudly serves as the College's "first dog" and delights in greeting students and other visitors at Scribner House and around campus.