More than 100 community leaders, steering committee members and supporters convened at the Colleges on Tuesday afternoon to formally launch the community initiative, Geneva 2020. The community effort is aimed at advancing goals set by the Geneva City School District. Colleges’ President Mark D. Gearan spoke with radio host Ted Baker on Finger Lakes News Radio in the days following the event to discuss Geneva 2020 and the Colleges’ role.
Baker asked Gearan what he sees Hobart and William Smith’s role to be as a member of the Geneva community.
“Personally, I believe – and frequently say – that Geneva has been a tremendous host to Hobart and William Smith Colleges for almost two centuries, supporting the Colleges, cheering us on at events and games, and sending us great students from Geneva High School and DeSales over the years. And it’s been a great partnership,” Gearan said.
He went on to explain how Geneva 2020 stems from an idea that he learned in Cincinnati, Ohio. “The idea was really quite simple: You put dedicated people in a room, you agree upon the same goals and metrics to measure them and you all align together, and therefore the collective impact is that much greater.”
Gearan is an international leader in community service. He headed the Peace Corps before accepting the HWS presidency in 1999, is chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee and co-chair of the National Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard College. He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Annapolis Group and the National Campus Compact.
More information about the Geneva 2020 project is available at http://www.hws.edu/about/geneva_2020.aspx.
The full interview in which they discuss the Geneva 2020 initiative, the opportunities it presents for Geneva and what goals it intends to accomplish is available online.