ALBANY, TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials say the President of The Sage Colleges is stepping down.
President Susan Scrimshaw announced on Thursday that she will not be renewing her contract in June 2017 after nine years at Sage and nearly 50 years in higher education.
Scrimshaw, who has served as president of The Sage Colleges since 2008, has led Sage through a dramatic reinvigoration including growing enrollment, expanded academic programs, renewed fiscal health, increased visibility and diversity, and a highly successful Centennial campaign that is nearing a successful conclusion.
“Our success is due to the efforts of the Sage community,” said Scrimshaw of The Sage Colleges. “There has always been a strong sense of family at Sage. I have enjoyed working to position Sage to thrive in its second century, so while this decision is bittersweet, the timing makes sense. When I began my work as president there were quite a few hurdles to overcome to ensure Sage’s viability. We all sat down, rolled up our sleeves and came up with a strategic plan to ensure Sage’s future for the next generation of students. I am proud of the milestones that I have been able to accomplish together with the faculty, staff, board, alumni and other community partners.”
President Scrimshaw oversaw the development of the Sage for the Second Century plan which formalized the ability for students from either campus to take a major at either campus while still preserving Russell Sage College as a leading women’s college. During the plan’s first year, more than 70 students have taken advantage of the cross-college enrollment. Now the Sage Colleges offers more than 70 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on its two campuses in Albany and Troy, NY and online.