Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Hartwick College Board of Trustees announced today that President Margaret L. Drugovich has accepted their offer to continue as Hartwick’s leader for an additional eight years. The new contract, Drugovich’s third, starts June 1, 2016 and continues until June 30, 2024.
Trustee Chairman Francis D. Landrey announced the agreement today in a letter to the Hartwick community, noting that the Board approved the contract during its meeting earlier this month.
“The Board is confident that Dr. Drugovich will continue to inspire and to lead this community of dedicated scholars, teachers, administrators and students and that she is the right leader for this time in Hartwick’s history,” Landrey said. “There is no one who believes in Hartwick College – and the value of this liberal arts education – more than President Drugovich…Dr. Drugovich is a dedicated and exemplary leader.”
“Hartwick is an outstanding liberal arts college, one that any educator would be proud to serve,” Drugovich said. “I am grateful to the Board for giving me the opportunity to continue in this leadership role. So many people care deeply about Hartwick. I look forward to working with the Board, our talented faculty and staff, and our dedicated alumni as we guide the College into its future for the benefit of generations of students to come.”
Since her appointment as Hartwick’s 10th president in 2008, Drugovich has brought the College to the forefront of regional and national discussions of higher education. She recently concluded work on the bipartisan U.S. Senate Task Force reviewing government regulations of higher education, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Drugovich is president-elect of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network and she serves on the Council of Independent College’s (CIC) Steering Committee on the Future of Independent Higher Education, the NAICU Committee on Accountability, and the Division III President’s Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
With national attention on access and affordability, Drugovich focuses the Hartwick community on the lasting value of the student experience. Highlights of her presidency to date include the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program that saves families the cost of a full year of attendance; the successful Campaign for Hartwick Students fundraising initiative, with a primary goal of increased support for endowed scholarships; strategic planning toward a sustainable vision for the College’s future; and innovative steps that leverage the College’s intellectual capacity to enhance the region’s economic development, including the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage.
“The term of this new contract reflects the Board’s full confidence in President Drugovich and her ability to take this great college forward,” Landrey said. “We look forward to her continued leadership and our work together.”
Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 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.
Contact: David Lubell