Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich

President Drugovich Delivers 2013 State of the College Address

October 16, 2013

Today, Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich addressed hundreds of students, staff and faculty during this year's State of the College Address in Slade Theatre of Yager Hall on the Hartwick College campus.

Throughout her presentation, Drugovich noted countless achievements from the past year of various Hartwick students, faculty, and staff, and discussed how the College will continue to move forward and build upon its many successes. Drugovich also stressed the focal point of all that is done at the College to those in attendance: "our students."

Weaving student images and anecdotes throughout her presentation, she told the audience: "This is why we're here. They are where we must continue to focus our energy every single day."

The President called attention to the receipt of nearly $500,000 in outside grants over the past year in support of research, academic programs, and campus improvements. The grants came from near and far from organizations and foundations including, but not limited to: the Dewar Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Autism Research Institute.

Contributing to the growing demand for a Hartwick education is ongoing external recognition of the College overall. Drugovich cited Hartwick's recent acknowledgments by U.S. News & World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, The Princeton Review and others - each of whom called out College's successful melding of a liberal arts education with experiential learning opportunities. Also discussed was the recent comparison of Hartwick College to Harvard University in New York Times Best-Selling Author Malcolm Gladwell's most recent work, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

Drugovich also emphasized a wide-ranging list of student, faculty and staff accomplishments. Successes were shared, including unrivaled athletic feats, prestigious scholarship awards, and innovative research projects. Many students were recognized for their hard work and accomplishments.

Faculty members were noted for their more-than-50 presentations, public performances, recitals, plays & exhibitions. Hartwick faculty presented at more than 100 conferences and published nearly 50 book reviews, book chapters, journal articles, reviews, poems and recordings, she said.

Also noted in the presentation were details on the College's financial performance.

"We are keeping our commitment to affordability and access," she noted. This commitment is being met in several ways, including the College's "Campaign for Hartwick Students" now underway. The Campaign for Hartwick Students, which has successfully raised 22.2 million dollars to date of its 35 million-dollar goal, was called out among other positive financial strides taken in recent history, allowing the College to remain unwavering from its commitment. 

A summer of improvements to the campus was detailed as another point within Drugovich's address. Twenty-six capital improvement projects have been undertaken on the campus in the last 12 months, totaling nearly $650,000. These improvements included several large paving improvements, interior and exterior painting and building upgrades, tile and carpeting, the Center for Student Success and a variety of technology projects.

Looking forward toward the years to come, Drugovich described the College's evolving vision, which will continue to grow and shift with the times.

"Barriers to progress change over time," she noted. "It is very important that we chart our own course. We have to have our own sustainable vision of where we want to go for our future."

To finish her address, Drugovich shared her sentiments surrounding her past five years spent as the President of Hartwick College.

"We've made great strides," concluded Drugovich. "I truly hope you are as happy as I am." 

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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