President Mark D. Gearan will present a discussion called “Public Service: The Millennial Generation” as part of the Senior Common Room (SCR) Speaker Series hosted by The Winthrop House Senior Common Room at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.
Gearan is a Harvard graduate and former Whithrop House resident. His talk will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in the Senior Common Room. He will be introduced to the SCR audience by current Winthrop House sophomore, a Millennial, and his daughter Madeleine Gearan.
The SCR Speaker Series brings together scholars and professionals from a diversity of backgrounds, including former Winthrop House Masters, to further enrich the house community. The series had as its inaugural speaker Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, and has included such speakers as Katiti Kironde, Glamour magazine’s first black cover model, and Richard Blanco, the poet laureate who spoke at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2013.
One of our nation’s leading experts on the intersection of higher education and civic engagement, Gearan has held numerous leadership roles in public service. As the chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee, an international association of more than 200 institutions on six continents committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education, he has fostered a global culture of service. As the past chair of the Board of Directors of both National Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service, he has similarly supported civic engagement activities in the United States.
Gearan is the co-chair of the National Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard College and serves on the Presidential Advisory Group for the NCAA. He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Annapolis Group, a nationwide consortium of liberal arts colleges. He is a Board member of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and a former Board member of The Partnership for Public Service. With extensive credentials in public policy and service, he served as Director of the Peace Corps and was Assistant to the President, Director of Communications and Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House.
Outside of the education and service arenas, President Gearan is an appointee of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform. The national commission focuses on policy recommendations on electoral system reform, congressional reform and encouragement of greater public service, and is chaired by Senators Tom Daschle, Trent Lott and Olympia Snowe, and Secretaries Dan Glickman and Dirk Kempthorne. He is a former member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, a group of cross-sector leaders appointed by President Barack Obama to recommend collaborative solutions to increase civic engagement. He also has been active on the advisory board of The Presidential Appointee Initiative, a project of the Brookings Institution that has worked to revamp the process through which U.S. Presidential appointees are chosen. Locally, he serves on the advisory councils of the Happiness House Foundation, Ontario ARC and the Geneva Community Center.