Marc C. Conner, the provost at Washington and Lee University, was named Skidmore College’s eighth president on Wednesday.
Conner, who will take over on July 1, will replace Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach, who is scheduled to retire in June after 16 years as leader of the Saratoga Springs liberal arts college.
Conner has worked as an English professor, with a research focus on modernity, 20th-century American literature, African American literature and more. In 2016, he was promoted to serve as provost at Washington and Lee, a liberal arts college in Virginia. As the college’s chief academic officer, he led both a strategic planning effort and the revitalization of its law school.
“I have deep respect for what Skidmore has achieved as a model of an excellent liberal arts education, and I am tremendously excited to be part of its future,” Conner said in a statement released with the announcement of his appointment.
Conner chaired Washington and Lee’s English department and co-founded the school’s African American studies program in 2007, a program he directed from its initiation through 2012. He also created a study abroad program to Ireland.
Conner not only helped develop a summer program for first-year students that aims to increase retention of underrepresented students through early research experience, but also established the college’s office of community-based learning and created interdisciplinary programs in data science and law.
“Marc Conner brings to Skidmore a commitment to the integrative learning our students and faculty value,” Nancy Hamilton, chair of the Skidmore College Board of Trustees, said in a statement.
Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Conner earned undergraduate degrees in English and Philosophy at the University of Washington, and he earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 1994.
Conner and his wife, Barbara Reyes-Conner have three sons, Matthew, Noah and Isaac.