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


Dec 1 2017
Skidmore College will become a smoke-free campus in 2019.

Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,

I write to inform you that Skidmore will become a smoke-free campus on January 1, 2019. The new policy will apply to all members of the Skidmore Community and to guests who visit the campus.

The new policy was developed following an extensive, year-long review of the current smoking policy by the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee's Subcommittee on Student Affairs, in collaboration with the Safety in the Workplace Committee.

The subcommittee's recommendation was based on views expressed by the campus community, which were gathered through community meetings and two surveys that had approximately 1,600 participants. In addition to reviewing Skidmore's current smoking policy, the committee also examined the smoking policies at the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the United States.

The new policy states as follows:

Purpose: The purpose of the Skidmore College Smoking Policy is to provide the community with a healthy, respectful working and learning environment by limiting the potential exposure of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the effects of secondhand smoke and by reducing the risk of fires on campus.

Policy: Skidmore College is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. Smoking of any substance is prohibited on College property including grounds, enclosed bridges and walkways, sidewalks, and parking lots. Smoking of any substance is also prohibited in all owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled College structures and buildings including near exits, windows, or ventilation intakes. This includes, but is not limited to, indoor/outdoor classrooms, studios, balconies, roof tops, hallways, public and private offices, college vehicles, residential facilities, break rooms, restrooms, administrative buildings, dining facilities, and athletic venues. Prohibited tobacco products include, but are not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, all smokeless tobacco products, and e-cigarettes. There are no exceptions to this policy.

The policy was unanimously approved by the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee (IPPC) on November 3, 2017. An implementation working group has been formed to guide the introduction and application of the policy. The members are:

  • Peter von Allmen, Professor of Economics
  • Cerri Banks, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Laura Goodwin, Assistant Director for Benefits Administration, Compliance and Wellness
  • Wendy LeBlanc, Managing Director of Operations and Conferences
  • Diane O'Connor, Director of Campus and Media Relations
  • Tayler Salvatore, President of Student Government Association
  • Wendy Walker, Prevention Coordinator

Glens Falls Hospital has agreed to partner with Skidmore to implement the policy.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please contact Dean Cerri Banks.

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.R.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

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.