View of Yager Hall bell tower through the pergola on Founders' Way

Speeches, Remarks & Interviews

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.

President's Video Messages
Messages from the President

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

President's Past Speeches, Remarks & Interviews by Year

Virtual Stephen Green Essay Contest: May 5
Virtual Student Leadership Awards: May 13
Virtual VITA Ceremony: May 18
Virtual Honors Convocation: May 19
Virtual Art & Art History Senior Thesis Exhibition Reception: May 20
Virtual Introductory Law Class: May 20
Virtual Nurses Pinning Ceremony: May 28
Virtual Commencement Ceremony: May 29
Virtual Kellogg Society Event: June 17
The Attorney General Can be Your Ally In Transformation.  Panel discussion with NYS Charities Bureau and others on strategies for working with Attorneys General when developing an institutional change agenda. Via live remote stream. June 18
Opening Convocation Video: August 26
Opening Convocation Remarks: August 26

Quinquennial Awards Celebration: January 10
Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture: January 14
Dean’s List Reception: March 4
Virtual Student Leadership Awards: May 11
Virtual Opening Convocation: August 28
Virtual Coffee with the President: September 26
Virtual Memorial Service: September 27

Rotary, Oneonta NY. Hartwick Students: Then and Now. January 3
National Association for Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE)Philadelphia, PA. Panel: Innovation, Inclusion and Engagement: Colleges and Universities in Partnership with Their Local Communities. March 10
Dean’s List Reception: March 20
Accepted Students Day: April 6
Honors Banquet: April 7
Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture: April 10
Stephen Green Essay Contest: May 1
Honors Convocation: May 1
Partners in Scholarship Luncheon: May 2
Wick Auction: May 2
Student Leadership Awards: May 8
Athletic Awards: May 9
Nurses Pinning and Art reception: May 17
JCH Breakfast: May 18
Commencement Ceremony: May 18
9th Annual Women in IR and Assessment Leadership Retreat Colby College
Keynote: A Presidential Conversation. August 5
The New York State Unified Court System Sixth Judicial District & The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts. LGBTQ Challenges & Importance of Equal Access. June 18
Opening Convocation: August 22
Hartwick Seminary Sunday Service: September 8
True Blue Weekend: September 21
Scholarship Reception: September 24
Scholarship Reception: November 13