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Moving Hartwick Forward

Board of Trustees elects Chair and four new members.

President Drugovich, Sally Griffiths Herbert, Steven Bloom, Sony Sherpa
President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12 welcomes new trustees Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 H’19, Steven Bloom ’76, and Sony Sherpa ’18. Not pictured: Steven Epstein P’18.

David H. Long ’83, H’14
has succeeded Francis D. Landrey P’06 as Chair of Hartwick’s Board of Trustees. Now entering his 13th year of service on the governing board, Long is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, a Fortune 100 company. Long was a John Christopher Scholar in mathematics at Hartwick and he earned an MS in finance from Boston College. He and his wife, Stephanie Isgur Long ’84, have endowed a scholarship at Hartwick in the names of their fathers.

“David Long ’83, H’14 is deeply committed to the College and fully appreciates Hartwick’s historic place in American higher education,” says President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12. “His experience as a corporate leader and Hartwick trustee has prepared David to guide this Board as it navigates the rapidly changing higher education landscape.”

Steven M. Bloom ’76 brings a wealth of international experience to the board, having held leadership roles at home and abroad throughout his career. He most recently served as Director of Operations with GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Steven Epstein P’18 is a founding partner of Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP, law firm in Garden City, NY. He represents clients accused of DWI, vehicular homicide, and other criminal offenses. Epstein is the father of Alexis Epstein ’18, who is pursuing a JD at Pace University Law School.

Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88, H’19 previously served on Hartwick’s board from 2009 to 2018. She and her husband, Tim, own the Rink Brook Farm in New Hampshire and she runs the Equestrian Program of Kimball Union Academy. The couple’s generosity to Hartwick can be seen in the Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 Aquatic Center and the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation.

Sony Sherpa ’18 is Hartwick’s new Young Alumni Trustee. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Sherpa completed her Hartwick degree in computer science in less than three years. Professor Bob Gann and Jorge Escobar ’91 helped her secure two summer internships with Bank of America, where she is now a software developer.

Hartwick’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed Hartwick College’s accreditation, confirming that the College meets MSCHE’s rigorous standards of quality and accountability. This reaffirmation follows the College’s extensive accreditation self-study report led by Faculty Chair Cherilyn Lacy, the visit of Commission representatives March, and the Commission’s deliberations in early June.

“Hartwick was first accredited in 1949 and these last 70 years have seen many changes at the College,” President Drugovich shared with the campus community in making the announcement. “As this accreditation action demonstrates, a constant during this time has been the delivery of a quality education that meets the Commission’s high standards for mission-driven student learning, educational program, institutional integrity, planning, resources, leadership, and governance…. How fortunate we are to be associated with this remarkable place of higher learning.”

A Meeting of Hartwick Minds

Josh Garrett, AJ Sullivan, Ryan Thomas, Janine Warren

Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Garrett, PhD (r), recently created an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring professor AJ Sullivan ’22. The two joined Albany Medical College faculty in teaching physiology to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute undergraduates. (Garrett, who earned his PhD at AMC, is invited back every year.) Sullivan helped RPI students learn cardiovascular physiology concepts, one of Garrett’s areas of expertise.

Professor and student were joined by two Hartwick alumni: biology/business major Ryan Thomas ’14, MD, who recently graduated from Albany Medical College and is now a resident in internal medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and Janine Warren ’15, a doctoral candidate in molecular and cellular physiology at Albany Medical College. Garrett says, “It was a great opportunity for AJ to hear from alumni about their paths to success and how Hartwick helped get them there.”

EXPO-nential Impact

Employers and service agencies turned out in force to recruit Hartwick students during the annual Internship, Volunteer, and Career Expo this fall. Representatives of 70 organizations greeted more than 200 students who are ready to jumpstart their careers.

Alumni were well represented among the recruiters. Jennifer Schuman ’08 was there for A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital; Cameron Worthington ’17 represented AXA Advisors, LLC; Nathan Tweedie ’09 was recruiting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum; Chris Slonaker ’02 and Dane Alexander ’14 represented NBT Bank; Taylor Ashton ’18 was there for Opportunities for Otsego’s Violence Intervention Program; Andrew Gorzycki ’18 recruited for Tyler Technologies; and Nancy Tarr ’14 was there on behalf of the Well Dunn Foundation.

The event was a great success thanks to Hartwick’s Assistant Director of Career Services Alison Dodge ’05, partners across campus and in the community, and informal mentors who encourage students to step forward into opportunities.


What’s the hot new club on Oyaron Hill? WICKed eSports!

Gamers are everywhere.

Hartwick eSports club members

Donning their team jerseys, they’re reaching out through Accepted Student Day, Taste of Wick club fair, True Blue Weekend, and more. Student players collaborate and compete, develop strategies and sportsmanship, compete in tournaments, and have a lot of fun!


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