Skidmore president to give Centre Founders Day address Wednesday

Posted by Centre News in Convocation, News 15 Jan 2015

old centre sealPhilip A. Glotzbach, president of Skidmore College, will give the annual Founders Day address at Centre College on Jan. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts. As part of the Founders Day ceremony, Centre will award Glotzbach the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.

pglotzbach2008The title of his talk is “Liberal Education and Democracy: Developing Citizen Intellectuals.”

He was originally scheduled to speak at last year’s Founders Day convocation but found his trip derailed by a severe winter storm.

Glotzbach has been president of Skidmore, a leading liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., since 2003. During his tenure as president, Skidmore has been guided by the concept of “creative thought matters.” His accomplishments include a new first-year curriculum and an ambitious strategic plan that emphasizes student academic engagement, intercultural literacy and responsible citizenship.

He has written widely on the value of the liberal arts, academic leadership and governance, and the value of science literacy in the liberal arts, among other topics.

His academic career began at another leading liberal arts institution, Denison University, where he taught philosophy for 15 years.

He earned a B.A. in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 1972, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. He also holds M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Yale University.

Centre received its charter from the Kentucky legislature 196 years ago on Jan. 21, 1819.

by Diane Johnson