Speeches, Remarks & Interviews

President Drugovich provides video messages to the Hartwick Community on a regular basis during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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June 3, 2020: A message from President Drugovich on the death of George Floyd

Dear Members of the Hartwick Community,

Simply occupying the office of the College Presidency does not give me the right to presume that I know how every member of our community thinks or feels. We do not all agree on politics, culture or even the meaning of words. The very nature of an academic community begs us to question and debate every thought, every statement, and every idea that takes flight.

But there are some ideas that stand clearly apart from all others. When it comes to human decency, justice, and fairness, there is no room for equivocation.

And so I write to every member of our Hartwick Community to say to all who will listen that we condemn the murder of George Floyd. There is no room for bias-fueled hatred at Hartwick. At Hartwick, we stand with all who seek justice for Mr. Floyd’s death.

It is our responsibility to eliminate the social, health and economic inequities that allow bias fueled hate to continue. We must stare into the truth that these inequities result in pain for both individuals and our society as a whole. There is no benefit to any one of us if others are treated with less respect, care, compassion, or opportunity and more prejudice, mistrust, anger and cruelty. It is easy to say the words “Black Lives Matter.” Each of us must act in a way that makes it clear that Black lives do matter. Each of us must act in a way that makes it clear that every life matters.

In my video message on May 31 I spoke to our students about how important it is to get an education that will open doors to spaces of influence so that we can make the change that is so overdue. I hope that my message planted the seed of hope that this madness does not need to continue. Education certainly is not the full answer, nor is it the only answer, but it is one path to a more just future.

I am a white woman who has worked hard to move to a place of relative privilege, but I have also been allowed the opportunity to do so. I cannot claim to fully appreciate the depth of rage and anguish of a woman of color who has been deprived of this same opportunity. I cannot know what it is like to be a black man who fears for his life when he leaves his home. But I do understand the fear that comes with the inability to breath. If you are angry, hurt, frustrated and afraid, please know that you are not alone. We do care about you. And we will defend and protect your right to live without fear.

We will soon organize a forum for our community to discuss what we have learned from this tragedy and how we can turn that learning into meaningful action. I hope that you will participate.


President Margaret Drugovich

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President Drugovich is frequently invited to address professional organizations on issues ranging from regulatory compliance in higher education to women in leadership. She regularly addresses the Hartwick community during annual convocations, events and occasions. Her insights are sought by media outlets and consultants for opinion pieces on affordability, three-year bachelors degree programs, and successful higher education partnerships. She regularly addresses the Hartwick community during annual convocations, events, and occasions.


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2010 –





Remarks by President Drugovich on the Occasion of Class of 2025 First Walk of Founders’ Way August 26, 2018

Remarks by President Drugovich at Opening Convocation August 23, 2018

Remarks at Clemmens Memorial



Remarks by President Drugovich at Opening Convocation August 24, 2017

Remarks by President Drugovich at the Memorial Service for Roy Rowan H’95 February 3, 2017



Letter to the Community from President Drugovich regarding DACA and Sanctuary December 16, 2016

Remarks by President Drugovich on the occasion of the Dick Miller Locker Room Dedication: November 21, 2016

Letter to the Community from President Drugovich, post election: November 18, 2016

President Drugovich’s Remarks at The Otsego County Chamber Award Dinner: October 20, 2016

Press Conference remarks to accept the “Breakthrough Business of the Year Award” from The Otsego County Chamber (Sept 2, 2016)

President Drugovich’s Remarks at Opening Convocation, August 2016



President Drugovich’s Remarks at Dante Crump Memorial: September 3, 2015

President Drugovich’s Remarks at Opening Convocation: August 28, 2015



President Drugovich’s Remarks at Opening Convocation: August 29, 2014



March 3, 2013: President Drugovich shares news about an initiative of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to address nine “myths” associated with independent, not-for-profit education. Since the responsibility to elucidate the value of a Hartwick education falls to each of us, President Drugovich strongly urges the campus community to view a brief video on the 9 Myths that is posted to NAICU’s Vimeo page:http://vimeo.com/60277618.

President Drugovich’s Remarks at Hartwick College Athletic Award Ceremony: May 15, 2013



President Drugovich’s Remarks at the Dean Edith Lacey Memorial Dedication: September 29, 2012

President Drugovich’s Remarks at Opening Convocation: August 31, 2012

President Drugovich Welcome Rural Solutions: Economic Development on a Human Scale Microbusiness Symposium: April 21, 2012

President Drugovich’s Remarks at the Trayvon Martin Candlelight Vigil: April 12, 2012



President Drugovich’s Presentation for Community Neighbors Regarding Land Use Policy: September 20, 2011

President Drugovich’s Remarks During the Memorial Service for Dr. Norma Louise Hutman: March 5, 2011

President Drugovich’s Remarks During the Faculty Recognition Gathering: March 4, 2011

AAC&U Annual Conference: Meaningful Change: A Strategic Framework for Maximizing Institutional Capacity. San Francisco, CA: January 27, 2011.

College Board Colloquium 2011: “No More Business as Usual: Challenges, Choices, Change.” A Conversation with Presidents. Presidential panel participant. Delray Beach, Florida; January 8, 2011.

Publication (2011): Speak with One Voice: Our Responsibility for the Missing Middle Class. Presidential Perspectives: “Economic Prosperity in the Next Decade.” Vol. 5 (7).


2010 –

President Drugovich’s Remarks During the Celebration of Karyl Clemens: June 22, 2010

President Drugovich and Partner Beth Steele interview in The Chronicle of Higher Education: For Hartwick College’s President, an Unexpectedly Good Fit, June 13, 2010 *Complete article available to The Chronicle of Higher Education subscribers.

The Lawlor Group, Inc. Summer Seminar 2010, Catalyzing Change: Getting to “Yes” on Hartwick College’s 3-Year Program. Minneapolis, MN; June 11, 2010.

Guest blog by President Drugovich for The Washington PostHartwick president defends three-year degree, June 7, 2010

Margaret L. Drugovich: Hartwick College Offers a Three-Year Degree, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Audio Interview, May 6, 2010

7th Annual DCMO ONC BOCES Scholar Recognition Program Awards Banquet. Keynote address. Oneonta, New York, May 5, 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education podcast recording on the Hartwick College Three-Year Bachelor Degree Program. Washington, D.C., April 22, 2010

Academic Scholarship Day: Student Scholar recipients’ visitation day on campus – speaker, March 20, 2010

Women’s History Month Awards and Reception, Hartwick College, Speaker: March 18, 2010

Remarks by President Drugovich at Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Ceremony 2010
Justice: Giving Voice to the Voiceless
Hosted by Hartwick College, SUNY Oneonta, and the City of Oneonta, January 23, 2010

President Drugovich outlines the value of Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program in the UK’s Times Higher Education, January 7, 2010

President Drugovich discusses Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program on Minnesota Public Radio, November 11, 2009

President Drugovich’s Convocation remarks to the Class of 2013: September 4, 2009

Presidential Reflections: Melding Theory and Practice through Community Based Service Learning, April 17, 2009, Building Community Symposium: Community-Based Service Learning.

President Drugovich’s remarks from the Faculty Recognition Reception on February 20, 2009, when the College community honored four colleagues for their promotion to professor and three as recipients of tenure.

The Council on Independent Colleges 2009 Presidents Institute Remarks, FL, January 5, 2009,“Alternatives in Student Aid and Tuition Pricing: Considerations for Institutional and Public Policy.”

Hartwick College, Presidential Inauguration, October 4, 2008: Inaugural Address, Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich.