SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College raised nearly $230 million during a seven-year campaign to support construction of the college’s new science building, expanded financial aid and other areas across the college.
The fundraising campaign, which concluded Dec. 31 with over 27,000 contributing a combined $229.4 million, marks the largest in the private college’s history. College officials said the money will be used to strengthen “every aspect of the Skidmore experience,” including for athletics, health and wellness initiatives, and arts programming at the France Young Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery.
Skidmore President Marc Conner in announcing the conclusion of the campaign noted some of the funds were already put into use to support students and their extraordinary needs during the pandemic. Some of the new aid will be used to bolster the college’s Skidmore Fund, which offers grants to help students pursuing their studies. The college also plans to establish scores of new scholarships and grants and support the college’s overall financial aid efforts.
The fundraising campaign will also help fund construction of Skidmore’s new Center for Integrated Sciences, the first part of which opened during the fall to house computer science and mathematics programs. The rest of the building is scheduled to be finished by 2024, eventually housing all 10 of the college science departments and programs.
The campaign, launched in 2013 under the leadership of former President Philip Glotzbach, originally aimed to raise $200 million but eventually surpassed that target and ultimately bested by nearly $13 million the college’s previous largest campaign.
“Going forward, our collective support will continue to keep Skidmore strong and true to its mission of delivering a life-changing education to our students and preparing them to thrive and lead lives of consequence after graduation,” Conner said.