Office of the President


In Memoriam: Julian Bond (August 17, 2015)
Skidmore College educates students to think creatively and lead lives that make a difference in our world. Class of 2015 Honorary Degree recipient Julian Bond did just that. I write to acknowledge the passing of this remarkable individual... (more)

Vice President W. Rochelle Calhoun (July 14, 2015)
I write to announce that W. Rochelle Calhoun, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, has been named Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University, effective September 1, 2015. (more)

Once Again (June 19, 2015) 
Once again, our country arose this week to news of a tragic shooting, this time claiming the lives of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina.  Both local law enforcement officials and the FBI are investigating this event as a hate crime, and it may rise to classification as a terrorist act. (more)

An update from the President (June 18, 2015) 
Thank you to everyone for all you did to make 2014-15 a terrific year. I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on three items: The decisions made and topics undertaken by the Board of Trustees at its final board meeting of the year; admissions statistics for the class of 2019; and some of the key items on the agenda for the coming fall. (more)

An end of semester update from the President (May 7, 2015)
With the semester coming to an end, I want to provide an update on a few key initiatives and acknowledge, again, the very good work being done by so many people across our entire community – staff, faculty, and students.  I know that this is a particularly busy time in the semester as faculty and students push hard to bring their coursework to a close, our athletic teams wrap-up their seasons, and many others are working to prepare the campus for several waves of visitors to arrive very soon – first for commencement, then reunions, and finally our summer programs. (more)

A letter from the President (April 2, 2015)
President Philip A. Glotzbach addresses the issue of sexual and gender-based misconduct on the Skidmore campus.  (more)

Message from President Glotzbach regarding sexual and gender-based misconduct (February 27, 2015)
As President, I am determined that Skidmore live up to the values of mutual respect and caring that are central to our educational mission.  That commitment is being tested by the continuing challenge of sexual and gender-based misconduct on our campus.  Recent local and national developments have highlighted the difficulty – and yet the importance – of effectively addressing this issue.  It continues to be imperative for me to underscore my dedication to do all we can as a College, both to ensure the safety of our students and to treat every individual affected by these issues with fairness and respect. (more)

Honorary degree recipients for Commencement 2015 (February 24, 2015)
Dear Members of the Skidmore Community, I am pleased to announce that at the 104th Skidmore College Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 16, 2015 I will confer honorary degrees upon two exceptional individuals: Julian Bond and Sallie W. "Penny" Chisholm '69. (more)

Message to the Skidmore Community - welcome to second semester (January 20, 2015)
Today marks the beginning of the spring semester with 816 courses, hundreds of independent studies and internships, and numerous formal and informal student groups all getting underway. (more)

Message to the Skidmore Community regarding recent national events (December 11, 2014)
As we near the end of the semester, I know that many of you, particularly our faculty and students, are focused on completing your classwork in anticipation of the winter break. This is, indeed, where your attention should be, but our work does not exist in a vacuum, and that is why I write to address the recent and deeply disturbing events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and elsewhere. (more)

Message to Skidmore parents regarding campus lockdown (October 1, 2014)
Below is a notice that I just sent to the Skidmore community about today’s events. First and foremost, we are all relieved that no member of our community has been harmed and the suspect is now in custody. I am proud of the way our Campus Safety as well as the New York State Police, Saratoga Springs Police, and other law enforcement agencies responded to the situation. It is clear that we have a strong safety net in place to keep your sons and daughters and our entire community safe. (more)

Message to the Skidmore community regarding campus lockdown (October 1, 2014)
Early this morning, as part of our Skidmore Urgent Notification System, we alerted the campus to an active search conducted by police for a Level 3 sex offender who allegedly committed a sexual assault off-campus. We put the campus on lockdown, and instructed students to remain in their rooms and closed the campus. (more)

Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy (August 21, 2014)
Over the past several months, the issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses has attracted considerable media attention both locally and nationally. Skidmore does not tolerate sexual and gender-based misconduct, and I am writing to update you on some recent steps we have taken to address this issue and to foster a campus climate of respect, care, and safety. (more)

Reporting Misconduct (March 7, 2013)
I trust that we all remain aware of the unfortunate events that occurred several months ago at several prominent universities – events that involved significant breaches of both law and institutional codes of ethical conduct. (more

Reflections on Newtown (December 18, 2012)
Our hearts go out to the parents and families of those who have been lost in last Friday’s tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and to the firefighters, police, clergy, and so many others who have been seeking both to bring comfort and to make sense of this seemingly senseless event. (more)

Message from President Glotzbach Regarding Bias Incident (October 25, 2012)
This past week we have received two deeply disturbing reports of bias incidents, both of which are summarized on the web site of the Bias Response Group. (more) 

Message from President Glotzbach Regarding Alexander Grant (September 21, 2011)
I write to provide an update on the continuing investigation into the cause of the death of Boston College sophomore Alexander Grant. (more)

Message from Acting President Kress Regarding Alexander Grant (March 9, 2011)
I write to convey the very sad news that emergency personnel yesterday recovered the body of Alexander Grant, a sophomore at Boston College, who was visiting friends at Skidmore this past weekend. (more)

Message to Community Regarding Tragedy in Japan  (March 14, 2011)
Most of you are aware of the tragic events unfolding in Japan in the wake of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck on Friday.  The loss of life, the widespread devastation, and the growing nuclear emergency are truly overwhelming. (more)

Op-ed column: Strock’s criticism of Skidmore betrays bias, presumes guilt (February 14, 2011)
On Wednesday, February 9th, I submitted an essay to the Schenectady Daily Gazette in response to opinions expressed by Gazette columnist Carl Strock regarding the incident at Compton’s diner and Skidmore’s diversity initiatives. (more)

Second Message Regarding Downtown Incident (January 20, 2011)
I wrote to you on December 22nd regarding an incident that took place in downtown Saratoga Springs at the end of last semester and that resulted in serious charges brought against four of our students. (more)

First Message Regarding Downtown Incident (December 22, 2010)
As many of you know from reports in the media, four Skidmore students were arrested early in the morning on Saturday, December 18, following an altercation off campus at a restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs. (more)

A Time for Respect – A Time for Action (October 12, 2010)
The tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi on September 22nd has prompted thousands of people to speak out across our country and around the world. (more)

Skidmore College Financial Update (February 1, 2010)
The beginning of our new semester represents an appropriate moment to update the Skidmore community regarding our financial situation and address an issue that I know has been very much on all our minds. (more)

Statement on Earthquake in Haiti (January 21, 2010)
Along with others throughout the world, the Skidmore College community has been deeply touched by the devastation visited upon Haiti by last week’s earthquake.  With 30 percent of Port-au-Prince lying in ruins and outlying locations suffering similar damage, the Haitian people remain in desperate need of food and water, shelter, and medical care.  (more)

Update on economic challenges (June 16, 2009)
As part of our ongoing commitment to keep the campus community apprised of budgetary planning and other matters, I write to make the information that Michael West and I presented at the May open meetings more broadly available.  Given the challenges ahead of us, I thought it would be beneficial to provide this written summary of steps the College is taking, as well as steps we are considering, to ensure that Skidmore continues to move forward in fulfilling our educational mission. (more)

Economic update to Community (March 4, 2009)
I write to update you on several important matters: the Board of Trustees meetings that took place February 19-20, an important vote on the University Without Walls (UWW) program taken at the Faculty Meeting last Friday, February 27, and the ongoing discussions related to the College’s budget planning process. (more)

Update on College’s response to current economic challenges (November 25, 2008)
As you know from recent community meetings and correspondence, I have been working with members of Cabinet to respond to the challenges resulting from an unprecedented confluence of external events.  We now believe we have a sufficiently informed view of the situation to begin taking the steps required to address both the short- and long-term issues relating to the economic downturn. (more)

Message regarding the economic crisis (October 7, 2008)
As all of us certainly are aware, these are very challenging economic times.  This past week, especially, financial markets in the U.S. and around the world exhibited tremendous volatility – mostly, and unfortunately, in a downward direction.  These conditions affect all of us directly through the performance of our own personal retirement and savings portfolios.  The College is not immune to these conditions, and we are likely to see continuing effects for some period of time.  So I would like to take a moment to comment on these developments and to indicate some of the actions we have taken and will take in response.  (more)

Message regarding the Virginia Tech tragedy (April 18, 2007)
The full scope of loss in the tragic episode of Monday, April 16, 2007 on the campus of Virginia Tech University is now beginning to become clearer to us all. The members of the Skidmore College community join with others in expressing our heartfelt sympathy to those connected with this great university who will be dealing with the aftermath of this event for so long into the future. In our various roles of student, parent, member of the faculty or staff, alumnus or alumna, or trustee - all of us can relate to the profound grief experienced by those who have been directly affected. (more)

WAMC Interview (March 3, 2004)