March 1, 2023
After 17 years of dedicated service to Gettysburg College, Dan Konstalid, Vice President for Finance and Administration, has announced that he will be pursuing a new opportunity as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Skidmore College, a move that brings him back home to New York. Dan will conclude his remarkable tenure with Gettysburg at the end of the academic year.
As many of you know, Dan’s impact on Gettysburg College reaches far and wide. Having served under three presidents, Dan’s work at Gettysburg touches nearly every corner of campus, including finance, dining, facilities, human resources, and oversight of the Gettysburg Hotel and Majestic Theater. Dan leaves a meaningful legacy on our campus—one that will surely be felt for years to come.
Dan joined Gettysburg College in 2006. Soon after his tenure began, he helped to shepherd the College through the global financial crisis of 2008. Dan’s steadfast leadership, creativity, and financial acumen allowed the College to weather the economic recession of 2008 and 2009, as well as other moments of economic volatility over the last decade.
As Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dan provided direction for the College’s comprehensive campus master plan, which led to key facility construction projects, including the Day Care Center, the Jaeger Center, the Janet Morgan Riggs Student Center, the Atrium, and the Admissions Eisenhower House addition. He also was instrumental to the renovations of Glatfelter Hall, the Economics and Africana Studies building, and McCreary Hall.
Dan’s steady hand has guided the College through various institutional planning efforts, including the most recent strategic planning process, where he co-chaired the Structure and Resources Committee, which examined the way the College is structured. Dan’s recent work on the strategic direction has helped to ensure that the College will remain competitive in a rapidly changing higher education environment.
Speaking more personally, Dan has been a critical advisor to me. As a liberal arts graduate himself, Dan brings multiple perspectives to every conversation. He leads from values and his voice at the President’s Council shaped more decisions than I can recount. He always offered his best advice, candidly but collegially, and I will miss his wise counsel.
When I left my prior institution after 25 years, the president reflected on the need to be “repotted” from time to time. After nearly 17 years at Gettysburg, Dan has spoken to me about the personal and professional reasons why it is time for him to be repotted. He has my full support, and my deepest appreciation for his contributions to the College. I look forward to the flowers he will bring to bloom at Skidmore.
In the coming weeks, I will share more about our national search for Gettysburg’s next Vice President for Finance and Administration. Until then, please join me in thanking Dan for his incredible service to Gettysburg College.