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and respect for their wonderful partnership. I can’t think of bet- ter captains to have at the helm.” Thanks to their successful leadership, she says, “the campaign has confirmed the growing sense that Skidmore has earned a place among the most presti- gious colleges in the country.” In fact, Casey asserts, it has also confirmed that “when given the opportunity, we can do things that those schools could not. When I walk past Zankel or the Tang, it makes me think that we did pretty darned well.” Now, Casey points out, “with the success of the past several years, Skidmore has set the bar higher, which means it’s not going to get easier. We’ve placed ourselves squarely in the top tier of lib- eral arts colleges, but we’re still under-resourced and under-recog- nized compared to our new peers.” He adds that Skidmore has no intention of giving back any of the ground it has gained; in fact, as colleges across the country keep striving to improve, Skidmore too aims to set a strong pace for growth.

Many pivotal next steps for Skidmore are set out in “Strategic Renewal,” a planning document issued by the president last spring after a year of town-hall-style gatherings and other meetings with hundreds of alumni, trustees, faculty and staff members, students, and others. Subtitled “Reframing our Priorities at the Midpoint of the Strategic Plan,” Glotzbach’s statement begins by reaffirming “the basic elements of our mission as a student-centered liberal arts college” and offers “a framework to guide our strategic choices going forward—the actions we will take to continue implementing the Plan’s four strategic goals.”

Declaring that “we are and will remain a student-centered in - stitution,” Glotzbach praises the clearly articulated “Goals for Stu- dent Learning,” endorsed by the faculty in 2009, as the crucial foundation for Skidmore’s assessment program, which not only offers “additional direction for curricular development” but also “positions us to demonstrate in new ways the value of a Skidmore education.” He also reaffirms the College’s focus on developing in students an advanced level of scientific literacy, the ability to func- tion as engaged and responsible members of their communities, and the ability to interact effectively and collaboratively across cultural divides. Finally, he underscores a new institutional com- mitment to help students more deliberately shape their transitions into life after Skidmore, with advising programs starting as early as freshman year.

Picking up on the strategic direction for the next several years, the campus is beginning to buzz with talk of expanding science programs and facilities, the continued importance of boosting stu- dent aid, a replacement for the old and overworked Scribner Vil- lage student housing, upgrades to sports facilities from the boat house to the stables to the tennis courts, and enhancing student health and wellness programs, among other priorities. With great expectations like that, there’s little doubt that trustees and development officers will soon be planning a new campaign to fund them. And when that time comes, there’s no doubt at all that they’ll be buoyed and strengthened by the rela- tionships and new energies—the creative thought and bold prom- ise—generated throughout the wider Skidmore community over the past six years.


MAY “We have some extraordinarily generous members in the class of 1959, who stretched above and beyond their annual giving to make special leadership commitments.” —Janet Lucas Whitman ’59, as her class makes the largest-ever reunion gift, totaling $17,986,359

MAY “...we want to finish strong. Now more than ever, the College needs the support of every member of the Skid- more community.” —Susan Kettering

Williamson ’59, issuing her challenge: If 10,000 donors give a gift, of any size, in 2009–10, she will add $1M to her own gift

DECEMBER “I have not only contributed to cutting-edge research ...but also been inspired by David’s work ethic, kindness, and passion—he’s an amazing mentor.” —Korena Burgio ’11, doing research with Prof. David Domozych, funded by $1M endowment for summer research in the sciences given by Carol Little Weg ’64 and husband Ken

$178,700,000 2010

JANUARY “...palpable good vibes from a packed house, a common feel for both the historic occasion and the honor of being the first to perform on a new stage, and of course the ab- solutely remarkable acoustics...” —OwenDalby, EnsembleACJWviolin- ist, after the debut concert in Zankel’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall

MAY “So excited we met it! And more!” —Jennifer Flood ’92, on Facebook, after 11,215 donors topped the Williamson Challenge goal, triggering an extra $1M gift from Susan Williamson ’59

MAY “ enable an organization doing great work to have an even broader reach... I know the Tang Museum will do just that." —Laurie Tisch, P’04, president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, donor of $1.2M to help fulfill a Mellon Founda- tion matching grant and build an endowment for museum-based learning

JUNE “The hugely successful completion of the campaign has given us enhanced confidence in our calling, and that is conta- gious. Our future is very bright.” —Billie Stein Tisch ’48, noting the final total of $216,539,839 in gifts and pledges

$216,500,000 FALL 2010 SCOPE 23

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