Strategic Plan Moves Forward

In March 2019, The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees unanimously approved the adoption of a new strategic plan, which includes a reorganization and rebranding of the colleges as one unified co-educational college—to be known as Russell Sage College—with campuses in both Troy and Albany. The plan will be fully implemented in fall 2020.

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The 2019-2020 academic year is one of transition, and all constituencies of the college community are making great progress on strategic plan initiatives that honor Russell Sage College’s history and the needs of today’s students.


The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College, established in the strategic plan, will hold its first public events to coincide with nationwide celebrations commemorating the centennial of the 19th amendment’s ratification and the first U.S. national election in which women could vote.

Karla M. Digirolamo Karla M. Digirolamo has been named the founding executive director the Women’s Institute. She has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit and public sector management and program development. She joins Sage from the Bleeding Disorders Association of Northeastern New York, where she was executive director. She has also served as chief executive officer of the New York State Community Action Association and chief operating officer of Unity House of Troy, Inc., and as executive director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, which she helped grow from a commission to an executive-level state agency. She is principal of Digirolamo Associates consulting practice and has taught in the Social Work, Peace Studies and Criminal Justice and Public Policy programs at Siena College, Hudson Valley Community College and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Michelle Napierski-PranclMichelle Napierski-Prancl, Ph.D., has been named director of the living/learning community of the Women’s Institute. Napierski-Prancl teaches sociology and women’s studies courses, directs the Sociology program and has served as director of the Helen M. Upton Center for Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on gender, work, family, media and popular culture.



screenshot of admissions micrositeThe Office of Admission is recruiting students who will begin college in fall 2020, and has incorporated new Russell Sage College branding and messaging in its marketing materials, including a new admissions microsite.

The new logo honors history and tradition in the return to the original name of Russell Sage College, expresses the unity of the present in linking Sage’s two campuses on either side of the Hudson, and anticipates the future with a fresh, new look.


A signature program, Sage THRIVE, will promote wellness and well-being across the curriculum and student life. The first THRIVE-branded initiatives rolled out in fall 2019, including a self-care retreat for students in October.


Faculty have confirmed a new general education program and will work with the provost to revise the academic structure. Student Services is leading the strategic plan’s student-centered service initiatives and will add two new academic advisers to its team, with a focus on retention. Student Life is exploring new structures for student government, clubs and activities; Residence Life is exploring the best ways to handle housing priorities in a unified campus; and the Provost’s Office is managing accreditation nuances. Visit or sign up for email news at to stay informed.