Sage Surpasses Fundraising Goal

25 Oct 2016, by Sara Carlson in Centennial Celebrations

Sage Surpasses Fundraising Goal; Will Rename Building After President Scrimshaw

1024x1024ALBANY, NY – More than 500 administrators, staff, alumni, community members and elected officials joined The Sage Colleges on Friday, October 21, 2016, to celebrate its Centennial at a black tie gala at The Armory at Sage.

The chairman of Sage’s Board of Trustees, Tip Simons, welcomed guests with a special announcement thanking President Susan C. Scrimshaw, who has led the College since 2008, and, as announced in June 2016, will be stepping down in June 2017.

“Tonight it gives me great pleasure to honor our inspiring and innovative leader Dr. Susan Scrimshaw,” exclaimed Simons. “Her leadership, wisdom and hard work have positioned Sage for a new century of unlimited possibilities. Because of her vision to ‘Be, know and do MORE,’  The Sage Colleges will continue to thrive in its Second Century with outstanding academics, robust athletics and arts, and by inspiring its students to be influencers of change in their communities.””

In addition to serving as President of The Sage Colleges and in numerous roles in the higher education community, Dr. Scrimshaw is also a medical anthropologist and a respected and accomplished scholar who has authored five books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reports.  In honor of her contributions to The Sage Colleges over the past nine years, Simons announced that Sage will rename Ricketts Hall on the Troy campus, home of its signature Occupational and Physical Therapy programs, as Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall.

“I am delighted that all of you are here to celebrate this remarkable milestone with me,” remarked President Scrimshaw. “Not only are we celebrating 100 years of transforming lives through education, but we are reinforcing our commitment to ensuring Sage’s academic excellence for generations to come so The Sage Colleges will remain a pillar in higher education and its students, faculty, and staff will continue to have a positive impact on a local, national and global level.”

Centennial Campaign Goal Exceeded

Centennial Logo

“When we kicked off our Centennial Campaign, I challenged each member of the Sage community to do MORE for Sage,” explained President Scrimshaw. “We embarked on the most ambitious fundraising campaign in Sage’s history with a goal of $50 million.  Many said it could not be done. However, with strong strategic planning, hard work and incredible generosity I am thrilled to say that we have exceeded that goal and to date have raised $58.9 million.”

“This remarkable achievement could not have been possible without the generous support of our alumni, corporate and community partners and of course our Sage community including our faculty, staff and students,” stated Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Communications & Marketing Melissa Komora.  “Because we always strive to do MORE at Sage, we have set the final goal at $60 million by the official end of the campaign in June of 2017. We know with the community’s continued support that all things are possible and we will achieve that goal.”

United States Congressman Paul Tonko, New York State Assemblymembers John McDonald and Patricia Fahy, and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden attended the celebration.

The Sage Colleges would like to thank all Centennial Gala sponsors, donors and community partners and acknowledge the lead sponsors which include:

Diamond Sponsor:
Sano-Rubin Construction Services

Gold Sponsors:
Crisafulli Brothers
MagicWig Productions, Inc.

Silver Sponsors:
BBL Companies
Franklin Plaza Hospitality Group
Tri City Rentals

The Sage Colleges has a number of Centennial themed events and lectures planned through 2017 including a Centennial commencement. To view a complete list visit

1916 – 2016

Russell Sage College was founded in Troy, New York, in 1916 by Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage and named in honor of her late husband, who had left her his considerable fortune. With Eliza Kellas, head of the Emma Willard School, Mrs. Sage was active in the women’s suffrage movement. In founding the new college, they proposed to offer women the means of independence through the combination of broad education in the liberal arts with preparation for specific professional careers.

Today, The Sage Colleges consists of Russell Sage College in historic downtown Troy, NY, a comprehensive four-year college for women offering bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional fields; and the coeducational comprehensive four-year Sage College of Albany, in our capital city, offering bachelor’s degrees and practical experience designed to prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. Through the School of Professional and Continuing Education, Sage offers bachelor’s degree completion programs designed for busy, working adults. Sage’s graduate schools – of Health Sciences, Management and the Esteves School of Education – are coeducational environments offering advanced study for professional practice and leadership through master’s degrees, post-master’s certification in a wide variety of applied disciplines, and doctoral degrees in professional disciplines. They serve both recent college graduates, including Sage students in accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs, and individuals already at work in their professions. Students can also pursue select bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs online through Russell Sage Online.


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