(TROY/ALBANY, NY) The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the adoption of its new Strategic Plan, which includes a reorganization and rebranding of the colleges as one unified co-educational college with campuses in both Troy and Albany, beginning in fall 2020. The institution will be known as Russell Sage College.

Other key elements in the plan include:

  • The creation of a women’s institute, which will be a distinctive approach to applying the feminist and inclusive values of Russell Sage’s history to the contemporary world and contemporary students.
  • The introduction of SAGE THRIVE, a core value and signature program that builds on Sage’s strengths in health sciences to promote wellness and well-being across the curriculum and student life.

“This is an historic moment in the 100-plus-year history of our institution. We have addressed current and future enrollment, as well as academic and societal trends, and have done so with a regard for our historical strengths and traditions. Working with a diverse group of stakeholders, we have developed a plan that will position our institution for generations of future success,” said Patricia Timpano Sparrell (Russell Sage College, ’78), chair of the board of trustees.

The strategic planning process took more than a year and included multiple stakeholders and input from students, alumni, faculty and staff.

“The unification and renaming of the college will celebrate our two campuses as equal partners in an institution that will prominently be branded as Russell Sage College: Albany and Troy. We will celebrate the qualities of Sage College of Albany, the Sage Graduate Schools, and Russell Sage College as a single institution engaged in two thriving communities,” said Dr. Christopher Ames, president of The Sage Colleges.

Sage has been an integral part of Troy for more than 100 years and shares a strong connection to the city, which will continue as this plan is implemented. Russell Sage College students have come from across the Northeast and around the world to study and live in Troy and, as such, have made significant contributions to the city, economically as well as by diversifying the community even further.

“Russell Sage College has been an integral part of the Troy community for more than 100 years. We’re proud to have provided generations of Russell Sage students with a home away from home during their college years, and we look forward to doing so for generations to come. We are also looking forward to hosting the new Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College, which will play a meaningful role in exploring gender issues in today’s society and continue a long Russell Sage tradition of being on the cutting edge of such issues,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.

The Sage Colleges has contributed greatly to the Albany community by offering programs such as NCAA Division 3 athletics, arts and cultural opportunities for the Capital Region.

“With the implementation of this new plan and the reimagining of the institution as one co-educational college with two campuses, I am very pleased to welcome Russell Sage College to our City,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Sage has been an important part of Albany for 70 years and I am excited for what the future holds for Russell Sage College in both Albany and Troy.”

“In total, Sage’s annual economic impact on this community is approximately $135 million annually. We feel strongly that this new plan will allow us to continue to grow enrollment and provide our students excellent professional preparation across all disciplines in a small college environment,” said Ames.

“Over the last several months, we have been reaching out to our alumni, current and prospective students, faculty and staff and discussing this plan with them. We’re heartened to have had so much positive feedback about this plan and the future of Russell Sage College,” said Sparrell.

For more information, please visit sage.edu/strategicplan.