Messages from The President

July 5, 2020: President’s Address

In this week’s video message, President Margaret L. Drugovich shares an overview of the Promise process that has evolved into the new Board-approved FlightPath program. She cites important initiatives, such as the College’s emphasis on career readiness, mentoring for all students, preparation for evolving workplace opportunities, and a vibrant campus experience.

The President refers viewers to her June 28 video for an overview of the College’s reopening plan. She notes that future communications related to COVID-19 will come principally through the Hartwick Cares channels, though she will provide videos as needed. She also unveils the new Hartwick face mask that will be given to all students and employees upon their return to campus.

President Drugovich reflects that advancing freedom always requires hard work and a commitment to shared goals. In that spirit, her music selection is America the Beautiful as performed by Ray Charles.

June 28, 2020

This week’s message from President Margaret L. Drugovich is lengthier than those of past weeks. As promised, President Drugovich goes into some detail about Hartwick’s extensive plan to reopen in the fall. Her objective is to ensure that everyone feels welcome, well informed and that students, parents, employees, alumni, and friends in Oneonta and beyond are reassured: Hartwick is taking every step it can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in the Oneonta community.

Addressing the continued national discussion and input from Hartwick students and graduates, the President shares next steps in Hartwick’s effort to support and prepare our students to address social and racial injustice, wherever it is found.

She also announces the Board’s action on the College’s Promise / FlightPath plan for the future.

Her first musical selection – March, March – reminds us of the power of one and her second – You Raise Me Up – reminds us that we can find courage and inspiration in the company of others.

June 21, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich invited the first wave of employees back to campus this week in preparation for the return of our students starting August 22; announces the release of NY State’s guidance for higher education; speaks of our intentional decision to reopen rather than remain remote as being built on our foundational belief that this is the best way to learn; and introduces “Our Social Compact: A Healthy Hartwick College.”

The President closes with two musical selections: Eric Whitaker’s inspiring Fly to Paradise and a celebration of Father’s Day with Polka Village, one of her father’s favorites.

June 14, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich outlines our continued progress toward reopening and provides our students with a preliminary schedule for fall, pending final guidance from the State of New York.

She announces the new College Sustainability Fund, established with gifts from the Senior Leadership Team to support the College and our students. And she thanks all donors for their generous support as we approach the end of the fiscal year.

The President encourages members of our Hartwick community to participate in “Coloring in between the Lines: A Discussion on Race through Hartwick Student Voices,” a forum to be held this week. 

Eyes On The Prize (“Hold On”)


June 7, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich addresses the pain resulting from the tragic death of George Floyd and asserts that our commitment to social justice is a personal commitment. She offers insight into how our societal sense of what is right and what is wrong begins with each of us.

She shares that at Hartwick the Promise initiative will add increased support, programming, and focus to related work already being done in this community.

The President appends to this video the message she emailed to the community this week and the 2015 Oscars performance of “Glory” from the film Selma.

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

May 31, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich begins with a message specifically for our students about how, through education, they are preparing to ensure justice in the world. She shares Hartwick’s reopening plans for the fall and asserts, “When given permission, we will be ready.” And she again thanks those who are keeping us safe during this COVID-19 crisis. The President invites viewers to watch this week’s Honors Convocation and celebrate the winners. And she closes with one of her favorite musical selections: Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat.

May 23, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich offers words of thanks:

  • To members of Congress who made CARES money available for students experiencing great adverse effects of the virus and the members of Hartwick’s staff who throughtfully allocated funds to 300 of our deserving students.
  • To the dedicated Hartwick staff who are now reuniting students with their belongings, and to the students and their families who are following the necessary social distancing and other parameters.
  • To the 100+ staff and faculty who spent the last three weeks crafting plans for 15 COVID-related problem sets, helping to ensure that when the Governor says GO, Hartwick Will Be Ready!
  • To the hundreds of students, faculty, and staff who contributed to the Promise Implementation Plan, which is now in my hands for consideration and review with the Board.
  • And, on this Memorial Day Weekend, to those who have served to keep others safe throughout our history and those who are struggling and/or serving now.

May 17, 2020

Thinking of our newest graduates, President Margaret L. Drugovich reflects on disruptions to the rhythm of our lives and shares a video created especially for the Class of 2020. Noting “there is hope on the horizon,” she speaks to evolving plans for reopening Hartwick’s campus in the fall and offers a reminder that progress is in everyone’s control.

May 10, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich congratulates Hartwick students on successfully completing the semester, shares her perspective on what we have learned in these seven weeks, highlights some fundamental truths, and offers advice to those students and graduates seeking employment now.

May 3, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich praises students and faculty/staff as we move into the semester’s last week of remote instruction; recognizes Hartwick’s talented and devoted Board of Trustees, who held their spring meeting this week with the aid of technology; and offers an update on the College’s 15 working groups that are immersed in COVID-related planning for the fall.

April 26, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich shares what she misses, speaks to the balance between the sadness of not being together and the richness of having made memories with one another, and talks about how Hartwick is getting ready for fall through scenario-based planning.

April 19, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich announces resources the College has secured for students through the CARES Act; makes a special request that we all support this week’s Day of Giving because “in learning there is hope”; and shares an inspiring performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”


April 11, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich shares how Hartwick has stepped up to house first responders, encourages students to continue giving feedback on remote learning, addresses when campus will reopen, and reinforces the importance of our continuing to care for ourselves and others.


President Drugovich reflects on our personal and college-wide responses to COVID-19 and shares an update on how Hartwick is adapting and preparing for the future.

April 5, 2020

President Drugovich shares important announcements and a powerful insight from one of Hartwick‘s nurse leaders on the front lines.

March 29, 2020


President Drugovich Addresses the Hartwick Community

March 22, 2020


President Drugovich on coming together in these trying times.

March 19, 2020

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