Women in Hartwick History Exhibit
Preceptress at Hartwick Seminary, 1896-1918
Assistant Teacher, 1919-1920
As wife of John G. Traver, principal of Hartwick Seminary from 1893 to 1920, Ettie Traver played a motherly role to the Seminary students while diligently working to raise money for the institution. She was the president of the Women's General League, an organization formed in 1913, with its first mission to increase enrollment and to raise money to build a girl's dorm. She was also very active in the Women's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the General Synod, serving as secretary of the Young People's Department for a time. But to students, she was simply "Aunt Ettie", who would throw parties for the holidays and lend an ear whenever necessary. The Seminary Class of 1923 honored John G. and Ettie Traver in their yearbook, The Hartwickian. "To hundreds the name ‘Aunt Ettie' will not call to mind thoughts of Presidency in Economics of Missionary Society of the U.L.C.," the Class wrote, "but rather thoughts of motherly advice and sympathy given in days when they were needed." Her wisdom was well documented before that tribute, in the January 1909 issue of The Monthly, the student newspaper. "One of the girls seeing Mrs. Traver with glasses on was heard to remark, ‘she could see enough before'.
Hartwick Seminary faculty member, 1927-28
Professor of Latin, 1928-1942
Dean of Women, 1931-1942
Meritorious Service Award, 1943
As dean of women at Hartwick College for 11 years, Elbina Bender was "a devoted teacher, able counselor and friend to students" as she received the Meritorious Service Award in 1943. Bender, "enhanced the intellectual, moral and spiritual life at Hartwick College through her enthusiasm and kindly but firm direction of student life and activities." Bender joined the faculty at Hartwick Seminary the year before the Oneonta campus opened. With bother her bachelor's and master's degrees from Bucknell, graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California at Pasadena; plus twenty years of experience, Bender was prepared to train the young minds at Hartwick College. "The fundamental process of education is severely rigorous training of the mind," she wrote. For Bender, the study of Latin gave students the grounding they needed to survive this training. "To take Latin is a sort of character insurance," she wrote. "It tends to produce sanity, balance, judgment and a sense of responsibility." In the early 1930's, the position of dean of women included "visiting the girls at college (rooming and boarding places) and in having conference with them in groups or with individuals." When the Board of Trustees appointed Bender to the position, it was done with great confidence. "She is well fitted for the position," the board minutes report, "sympathetic, energetic, sensible, tactful, fair, firm, loyal, ...."
Instructor in Drawing, 1929-1936
Instructor in Physical Education, 1930-1936
Assistant Professor of Art, 1936-1963 Professor Emeritus, 1963-1973
Meritorious Service Award, 1959
Menga King always wanted people to see the beauty around and within themselves. As an art professor at Hartwick for nearly 30 years, she supplied her students with the tools they would need to make these discoveries in their own lives. King was as interested in her own education as those she instructed. She earned her bachelor's degree at Hartwick while a drawing instructor and her master's degree from the State College of New York at Oneonta in 1958, also while teaching. The staff of the 1963 Oyaron, the College's yearbook, were so strongly influenced by King that they dedicated the publication to her. In it they lauded her willingness to be patient and loving as she encouraged students to "recognize and utilize their underdeveloped talents." They noted her gift for helping students realize the true beauty of their environment by "offering standards to judge the aesthetic value" of everything they saw. For the yearbook staff and many others, King was "a woman of dynamic energy and genuine concern" for her students, who "established and maintained a high degree of respect as a teacher and as a person."
Cora Anna Babcock
1891 graduate of Hartwick Seminary Member
College Board of Patrons
Lifelong patron and benefactor
A loyal alumna and a true friend, Cora Anna Babcock understood the value of a Hartwick education. As a member of the Seminary Class of 1891, she possessed a strong affection for the institution and what it would become. While at the Seminary, she was drawn to the sciences. The Seminary newspaper, The Monthly reported her as taking regents in courses such as physics, botany and chemistry. At her commencement, her essay, entitled "Latent Powers" even had a scientific theme. Babcock watched with interest as her beloved Seminary became Hartwick College and dedicated herself to support it. In 1936, she established a scholarship fund to help cover the cost of tuition. Upon her death in 1945, she left the College securities and real estate valued at $40,000 to endow the Cora A. Babcock Professorship in English and English Literature. She did this in honor of her favorite Seminary instructor, the Rev. James A. Pitcher, D.D. "Her investments in the abiding values of life have been large," said College President Henry J. Arnold at her funeral. "Miss Babcock's spirit and life interest are being perpetuated in the lives of coming generations of young Hartwick students who will become her beneficiaries in the years that lie ahead."
Grace Westerman Allsop
Professor of French and Spanish, 1931-1969
Meritorious Service Award, 1959
Senior Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages, 1970-1996
Honorary Degree, 1970
Grace W. Allsop's insistence on high standards had a lasting impression on her students from the beginning. In his remarks on her honorary degree, former student Dr. Harold C. Martin, then president of Union College, described his former professor as "a five-foot plinth of academic integrity", who expected from her students the same level of self-discipline she sought for herself. Martin lauded Allsop as a woman who "unswervingly sought justice, counseled courage and practiced self-discipline as persistent as the discipline [she] exacted of others." She came to Hartwick in 1931 and was a leader in the Department of Modern Languages for nearly four decades. But Allsop's influence was not limited to the classroom. A press release notes one of the keys to her success was her personal interest in her students, reflected in the French parties she held at her home on Ford Avenue. These parties featured classical music and French food such as petite fours. Upon her retirement in 1970, Allsop was awarded an honorary degree from Hartwick College - an honor seldom bestowed upon the College's own faculty. She also was named senior professor emeritus of modern languages. These honors came just two years after she was promoted to senior professor, the highest academic rank.
Mrs. Bertus (Marie Rowe) Lauren
First Woman Appointed to Hartwick College Board of Trustees, 1943-1962
Although she was born in Oneonta, Mrs. Bertus Lauren lived away from her hometown for many years before returning to marry then-mayor Bertus Lauren in 1930. Her interest in Hartwick College was almost immediate as she became president of the Hartwick College Association in 1931, a position she held for the next 12 years. She was also chair of the associations student loan fund from 1942-1952. The College Association was responsible for raising funds to provide scholarships, interviews, clothing and positions for the students. Members of the association also were available for students to turn to for "sympathetic interest and sound advice" when they experienced trouble with their "financial or social" relationships with the College. In 1943, Lauren was the first woman appointed to the College's Board of Trustees, serving as a regular member until 1961 and then as an honorary member until her death in 1962. She was the first recipient of the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Medal in 1943 and was elected an honorary member of the Alumni Association in 1945. The College also conferred upon her an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1948 in recognition of her many services to the college and its students.
Ethel B. Callahan
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Physics, 1943-1947
Professor of Mathematics, 1947-1961
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, 1961-1982
Ethel B. Callahan once wrote that mathematics "opens the door of understanding" to most of the other courses of study. During her 18 years at Hartwick, she provided the keys to that door. She prepared herself well for her position as professor, earning a bachelor's degree drom Cornell University in 1912, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1923 and her doctorate from Columbia University in 1941. When she arrived on the Hartwick campus in 1943 it was with one goal in mind - to promote the importance of mathematics. In 1959 she brought the Upper New York State Section of the Mathematical Association of American Conference to campus and in the spring of 1960 she published an article in the campus newspaper, Hilltops, to illustrate the place of mathematics in the liberal arts curriculum. "In a day when the only language spoken at the frontiers of physical science is the language of mathematics," she wrote, "a study of that language is an indispensable part of a truly liberal education." Upon her retirement, Callahan was regarded as a "brilliant and inspiring teacher," a "faithful friend" and a "counselor of youth." In a 1964 letter of recommendation, then0 College President Frederick M. Binder lauded her "amazing" energy and described her as an "expert teacher and mathematician who takes direct interest in students and loves to be in the classroom."
Ruth M. Miller
Librarian and Associate Professor, 1945-1979
Meritorious Service Award, 1978
Ruth M. Miller, '37 returned to her alma mater eight years after her graduation to take on a voluminous project - bringing the Hartwick College library up to accreditation standards, on a limited budget. When she returned to campus in 1945 the library housed just 14,000 volumes. When she retired in 1979, the total numbered 160,000. Each book on every shelf was hand selected by Miller according to the standards of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Her professionalism and hard work paid off as the library earned its accreditation. Not only did Miller hand select the books in the library, but she moved them, twice, during her career at Hartwick. The first move came in 1950 as Miler and 64,000 volumes moved from Bresee Hall to Arnold Hall. In 1967, Miller and all her volumes moved down the hill to Yager Hall. In both moves Miller herself physically carried a number of books from place to place. It was this type of dedication that earned Miller the Alumni Association's Meritorious Service Award in 1978. She "served Hartwick College faithfully and well" according to the association, ready and willing to help anyone use the very resources she so carefully selected.
Edith M. Lacey
First director of the School of Nursing, 1943-1953
Dean, School of Nursing, 1953-1961
Associate Professor of Nursing, 1943-1957
Professor of Nursing, 1957-1961
Professor Emeritus of Nursing, 1961-1977
From the moment she arrived on campus in 1943, Edith M. Lacey was determined to create a program at Hartwick College that would train "the best possible nurses". Hartwick, like many other institutions, decided to create a nursing program to meet the need for nurses created by World War II. The College enlisted the help of Lacey, who came with 20 years of nursing experience and high standards. Hartwick's School of Nursing was among the first to offer an accelerated four-year bachelor's degree program and a three-year program that ran under the auspices of the U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps. Hartwick offered the cadets the opportunity to return after the war to complete their bachelor's degree. If not for Lacey and the nursing school, Hartwick College might not have survived the war. The influx of nursing students is credited by many with keeping Hartwick alive during the mid and late 1940's. Lacey worked tirelessly to build the school's reputation, establishing the local clinical affiliations. At the same time, she focused on fostering a sense of community among the students and faculty. She established a newsletter in 1945 to help maintain communication between graduates and the nursing school. Each issue included a letter from her addressed "Dear Children." After leading the program for 18 years, Lacey retired in 1961. In her final report about the state of the program, Lacey offered a simple explanation of her efforts. "I have always believed the best possible service I could render Hartwick College was to produce the best possible nurses," she wrote, "nurses not only skillful in their profession, but young women respected for their intelligence, their integrity and their sense of responsibility."
Joan B. Gratz
Instructor in English, 1958-1963
Assistant Professor of English, 1963-1973
Associate Professor of English, 1973-1990
Joan B. Gratz once told a student that "the most successful person,.. is the one who follows the dreams that will make him most happy." Based on this tenant, her own success must have been immeasurable as she maintained a happiness, energy and excitement throughout her more than 32 years as a professor at Hartwick. In the early years of her career her teaching style was so intense and filled with energy that many students were afraid to try their hand at one of her courses. But, as many of them would learn, surviving one course meant no turning back. They were hooked. Her impact on the students continued to be as strong until the time of her death in 1990. Near the end of her career she was lovingly referred to as "the grandmother you never had" and "that sweet old woman up in Arnold Hall". Students responded to her intense love for literature and described her as not one who taught literature, but one who experienced it. "What I'll remember most is the simple look in her eyes," wrote student Keith Moore in a tribute to Gratz in Hilltops. "Her eyes were the window to her emotions, .. and reflected the mood she was so often in - one of happiness, excitement and energy."
Margaret B. Bunn
Hartwick College Trustee, 1964-1978
Service Recognition Award, 1973
As a "loyal, sensitive, committed friend" of Hartwick College, Margaret B. Bunn did much to strengthen the relationships between the Oneonta community and the College. A trustee for 14 years, Bunn was very concerned about the many different aspects of the College, from the physical plant, to social life, to the budget. She even joined friend and fellow trustee Mrs. Bertus C. Lauren in establishing the Gamma Phi Delta sorority. As one of Oneonta's best known civic figures and businesswomen, she was asked to serve as a member of the College's Citizens Board. Her work earned her the Alumni Association's 1973 Service Recognition Award. However, a Trustee Warren Farrington pointed out in 1980, she "always understood that the heart of the matter lay with the interaction between able, concerned faculty and their students." Upon her death in 1978, the College received her entire estate. It was her understanding of the faculty and student relationship that moved the Board of Trustees to establish the "Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching" with her generous gift. The award is presented annually at Commencement to a faculty member selected by the class that graduated five years earlier.
Evelyn F. Smith
Dean of Women, 1953-1960
Associate Dean of Students, 1960-1970
Director of Social and Auxiliary Activities, 1970-1979
Meritorious Service Award, 1975
When Evelyn F. Smith joined the Hartwick College family, she thought it would be only as a "faculty wife". She graciously accepted then-president Henry J. Arnold's request to help out temporarily as acting dean of women in 1952. That temporary assignment grew into 26 years of service, in three different positions, under five different administrators. To Dr. Ritchie, Smith was "the epitome of the unselfish service that enabled the college to survive severe crisis and to grow and develop into a healthy institution." After serving as dean of women for seven years, Smith became associate dean of students in 1960, a position she would hold for the next decade. She completed her career at Hartwick by with a nine year stint as director of social and auxiliary activities. Smith was dubbed the "hostess with the mostest" by former president Frederick Binder and "Hartwick Mother Emerita" by former president Philip S. Wilder, Jr. At the very least, she was gracious, tactful and kind with a "sensitivity to people, a deep sense of propriety and meticulous attention to detail," according to the College's Alumni Association, which honored her with the Meritorious Service Award in 1975. Throughout her career, Smith's primary concerns were the students and the College. "Whatever her numerous and frequently complex responsibilities," the Alumni Association said, "her guiding concerns were always in the best interests of the College, its students and the Hartwick community in the broadest sense".
Carol A. Bocher
Professor Assistant Professor of Biology, 1965-1970
Associate Professor of Biology, 1970-1974
of Biology, 1974-1988
Margaret B. Bunn Award, 1980
Professor Emeritus, 1988-2008
Carol A. Bocher based her career on observing development. During her 23 years as a member of the Hartwick faculty, she taught embryology and human reproduction and development, while continuing her own research on the development of fish eggs. In light of all her work in the classroom and the lab, there was something more. She was also "dealing with the problems of developing students" which she found "tremendously gratifying". Her students were equally as fond of the learning experience with Bocher. She was a trained researcher who spent time in the research department at Willis Eye Hospital and as a biochemist at Smith, Kline and French Labs, both in Philadelphia. By 1980, she had written ten articles in her field of specialization. That same year, the Class of 1975 honored her as the first female recipient and third recipient overall of the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching. In his remarks, then Trustee Warren Farrington lauded Bocher as "one of the most able, dedicated and effective members of the teaching staff."
Hartwick College Board of Trustees, 1971-1979
Chair, Hartwick College Board of Trustees, 1974-78
Honorary Degree, 1981
Marion Stephenson holds the distinction of being "the first woman" to hold a number of positions, including the chairmanship of Hartwick College's Board of Trustees. Appointed as a trustee in 1971, she was elected to the chair just three years later. She was drawn to the trustee position by her sense of social responsibility. Two years into her chairmanship, she found herself the single focus of the college's governance upon the unexpected death of College President Adolph G. Anderson in 1976. The board commended Stephenson for her leadership as she selected Earl E. Deubler as Acting President, arranged for the selection of a new president and dealt "promptly" with budget and enrollment problems, averting a crisis that would have put the future of the College in jeopardy. When she received her honorary degree, then trustee Charles L. Foreman said "she moved effectively to fill what would otherwise have been a future-threatening vacuum." Stephenson's other "firsts" stem from the world of radio broadcasting. She joined the staff of NBC radio, earning the distinction of the first female vice president in the company's history. Stephenson shared her secrets to success with women across the country through numerous speaking engagements. "She is an inspiration to many women," Foreman said, "whom she has stimulated and encouraged to strive for top management positions in the business."
Edna "Perrie" Saxton, '53
Professor of Nursing, 1967-1992
Chair, Nursing Department, 1980-1992
During Perrie Saxton's time at Hartwick the field of nursing faced a number of challenges, the most serious of which was the sharp decline in the number of students choosing nursing as a profession in the mid-1980's and a resulting shortage of nurses especially in rural areas. A veteran in the department at the time, Saxton first responded to the crisis with a preventative measure - she created a nursing recruiter position to offset the decreasing enrollment. In conjunction with the recruiter, she established a summer externship for high school career education teachers and guidance counselors to help them recommend nursing, and nursing at Hartwick, as a viable career option for students. "The idea that anyone can become a nurse is a myth", she said. "Today's nursing student must learn many concepts from the physical and life sciences, the social and behavioral science, the liberal arts and medical science and apply those concepts holistically to the diagnosing and treatment of people's response to illness - the essence of nursing." Community-minded as well, Saxton initiated the formation of a nursing consortium in May of 1987 to address the nursing shortage and its impact locally. She also made sure her students made a difference in the community. She introduced a health promotion clinic for senior citizens at an adult retirement complex in Oneonta in which the students assisted the senior in monitoring their health care needs. Saxton advanced the nursing department at a time when half of her faculty were working on doctorates and all were maintaining their own clinical practices in addition to their responsibilities as teachers. Upon her retirement, the College established in her honor a fund that supports nurses returning to school part-time to earn their bachelor's degree.
Carol A. Hawkes
Vice President for Educational Affairs and Dean of the College, 1975-1980
Member, Board of Trustees, 1989-1994
Although only a member of the Hartwick College community for five years, Carol A. Hawkes' moves to strengthen the school's academic standards are still apparent today. She arrived on campus in 1975 and with her came a strong belief in the value of a liberal arts education as a "preparation for professional work and as an opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge". She initiated an intensive curriculum review which resulted in a revised academic calendar and new general education requirements in 1979. Under the new plan, all students would add humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social and behavioral sciences and physical education to their college experience, as well as be required to demonstrate college-level skill in writing. Increased attention to the potential of Pine Lake campus was addressed as a wider range of courses began to be offered there. The College also added two new majors - management and theater arts - and two new minors in computer science and writing. Hawkes did not limit her efforts to the classroom. She played a key role in the development of new budgeting procedures and systems to monitor them. The renovation of Yager Library began under her leadership as did the rebuilding of the relationship between the student senate and College administrators. As she left Hartwick for a position as president of Endicott College in Beverly, MA, retention was increasing as was the quality of students Hartwick was attracting. "I take the most pleasure from the fact that Hartwick is now offering stronger programs and is more aware of the needs of the students," she said. "The morale of the whole campus seems to be better."
Winifred D. Wandersee
Assistant Professor of History, 1980-81
Associate Professor of History, 1981-1987
Professor of History, 1987-1994
Dewar Professor of History, 1989-1994
Chair of Faculty, 1990-94
Co-founder and first coordinator of the Women's Studies Program, 1985-88
Meritorious Service Award, 1983
Margaret Bunn Award, 1990
Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award, 1994
To most, Winifred D. Wandersee was a "fine example of a high quality Hartwick person." She joined the Hartwick faculty in 1980 and continued to be a force at the college until her death in 1994. Her involvement and contributions to the Hartwick College community were remarkable. She helped found the Women's Studies Program in 1985 and was its coordinator until 1988. She was Dewar Chair of History from 1989 until her death and chair of the faculty for four years. She was the recipient of the College's three most prestigious faculty awards - the Meritorious Service Award, the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award - a feat not achieved by any other faculty member. A consummate scholar and a prolific writer, she published numerous articles, conference papers, essays and chapters while teaching at Hartwick. Upon her winning the Bunn Award in 1990, Provost Bryant L. Cureton lauded her achievement off campus. "Win Wandersee has established herself as a national figure in her discipline, something not usual for a teacher at a small liberal arts college." More than any other, the Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award may best describe her dedication to Hartwick and to education. "[Wandersee is] one who enhances teaching with her scholarship and strengthens the College's academic climate by showing students and colleagues the value and excitement of scholarly inquiry."
Adjunct Professor of English, 1981-1985
Professor of English, 1986-1988
Writer in Residence and Professor of English, 1989-2008
Teacher Scholar Award, 2001. Carol Frost was born in Lowell, MA. She earned her BA in English at SUNY Oneonta, and MA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Syracuse University. She also studied at the Sorbonne in France and at the Language Institute in Aschaffenberg, Germany. She began teaching at Hartwick as an adjunct professor of English in 1981, after which she became a full-time member of the faculty before being granted a special appointment as Writer in Residence and later as Professor of English, which allowed her significant time to write. She founded the Catskill Poetry Workshop in 1988, which brought poets of national prominence to the Oneonta community for the twenty years that she served as its director. She has also taught at several MFA programs in the U.S., and at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, The Vermont Studio Center, and Sewanee Writers' Conference. She has had teaching residencies at the Chatauqua Institute and at Robert Bly's Great Mother Conference. She has been awarded two NEA fellowships, and many prestigious awards, including three Pushcart Prizes. She has published ten volumes of poetry, and her work has appeared in many periodicals including The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, The New York Times, and the Atlantic Monthly. Frost was recognized by her colleagues as an outstanding teacher as soon as she arrived on campus. She has often stated that English composition is the "most important course in the curriculum," since it involves students for the first time in "college-level reading, thinking and expression" and consequently exercises a lasting impact on their intellectual development. Frost's national prominence has enhanced Hartwick's reputation and, according to her colleague Bob Bensen, Director of Hartwick's Writing Program, she "helped to put Hartwick College on the map of contemporary American literature." Bensen has written that Frost's having "been a force and foundation in the creative writing program [at Hartwick] for twenty five years..." is but one of the many ways she "has enriched our student writers' lives."
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, 1988-1991
Assistant Professor of English 1991-94
Scholar in Residence, 1995-96
Babcock Professor of English 1998-2001
Marilyn Wesley earned her B.A. at the State University College at Oneonta in 1967. She earned both her M.A. and her Ph.D., which she completed in 1988, from Syracuse University. At Hartwick, she taught classes on Postmodern Narrative, African American Women Writers, The Great American Novel, Women and Poetry, Literature and Medicine, Joyce Carol Oates and a seminar called "Using Contemporary Literary Theory." She also served as a member of the Women's Studies faculty. She was appointed as the Babcock Professor of English and a Winifred Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence. Off campus, she helped to connect Hartwick with the Bassett Project for Medicine and Humanities. She has published books and articles on Joyce Carol Oates, whom she brought to campus in 1992. Her books include Refusal and Transgression in Joyce Carol Oates' Fiction, Secret Journeys: The Trope of Women's Travel in American Literature and Violent Adventure: Contemporary Fiction by American Men. She has also published poetry in Poetry Miscellany, The Hiram Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Sing Heavenly Muse! Orphic Lute, Gypsy, Phoebe and other periodicals. She served as poetry editor for Phoebe from 1993-1997. Her later theoretical and critical work applies neurological theory to literary study. Her educational philosophy was to say to students, "I know you can do it!" In 2005, Dr. Wesley won Hartwick's Teacher-Scholar Award.
Assistant Professor of Art, 1965-1972
Associate Professor of Art, 1972-1976
Professor of Art, 1976-2008
Arkell Hall Foundation Professor of Art, 1979-2008
Teacher Scholar Award, 1995
Professor of Art, Emeritus, 2008- Roberta Griffith holds a B. F. A. from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA, and an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her work has been exhibited both nationally an internationally, and she has had over 30 solo shows. Reviews and pictures of her work have appeared in books, newpapers, magazines and exhibition catalogues internationally. Her artwork is included in museums and private collections in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, Italy, England, Sweden and Japan. She has received prestigious prizes and awards in art, including a two-year Fulbright grant to do research and study in Spain, and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant which allowed her to pursue her research interests in Precolumbian and Mesoamerican art and archaeology. While in Spain she studied ceramics with Llorens Artigas, who was collaborating at the time with painter Joan Miro. She joined the Hartwick faculty in 1966 and in 1979, she was appointed the Arkell Hall Foundation Professor of Art, a position she held until her retirement in 2008. During her time at the college, she taught ceramics, drawing, and painting to hundreds of Hartwick students. She also served as chair of the Art Department at Hartwick for seventeen years, during which time the College's Studio Art and Art History majors were established and the department was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In 2001 she received the Charles W. Hunt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Service to the Arts Community from the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts in Oneonta in recognition of her volunteer work in the community. She is the North American correspondent for Ceramica magazine in Madrid, Spain. Her biography continues to be included in Marquis Who's Who, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who in American Art.
President Margaret L. Drugovich
Hartwick College President 2008-
Hartwick College named its first woman president in February 2008 with the appointment of Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. She assumed office as the college's tenth president on July 1, 2008. Drugovich is a scholar-practitioner whose personal philosophy both honors and advances the educational mission of the college she now leads. She earned her doctorate in management at Case Western Reserve University, where she was named a Fellow of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Her dissertation, titled Converting Highly Legitimized Structural Barriers Into Vehicles Of Change: A Case For Transformational Leadership In Liberal Arts Colleges, reflects her commitment to liberal arts education and her interest in understanding the most relevant and effective forms of educational leadership. Drugovich is an accomplished researcher in the medical and the social sciences. As an undergraduate at Albertus Magnus College she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in experimental psychology, with a special interest in neuropsychology, and as a graduate student at Brown University she studied medical sociology with a focus on the doctor-patient relationship.Her professional experience spans a breadth of institutions and disciplines, all of which inform her work today. At Brown University, Drugovich worked in gerontology and long-term care research and her scholarship in these areas has been published in peer reviewed journals. At Bryant University, a nationally accredited business-specialty college, she served as an institutional researcher, the executive assistant to the president, and was tapped to stabilize the college's enrollments as dean of admission and financial aid. During her ten years at Ohio Wesleyan University, a traditional liberal arts college, Drugovich led the enrollment and strategic communications initiatives and contributed to both strategic and fiscal planning.