In May, Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan was the featured speaker at the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western New York during “The Harvard Affair to benefit the Summer Community Service Fellowship.”Gearan, who earned his B.A. in government cum laude at Harvard University, spoke on the topic of “Service in the 21st Century.”
A former director of the Peace Corps and a member of the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service, Gearan is a frequent speaker on the topic of service among undergraduates, who he notes have a deep desire to give back to community. This winter, he was one of an impressive list of speakers to present at a national conference on public service titled “What’s Wrong with Public Service? A Challenge for Higher Education” held at Dickinson College.
Gearan has been president of Hobart and William Smith since 1999. He was deputy chief of staff and director of communications in the White House during the Clinton administration. Gearan serves on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, The Partnership of Public Service and as Chair of the Annapolis Group. He is a member of the Leadership Council of ServiceNation and is the past chair of National Campus Compact. A native of Gardner, Mass., Gearan earned his law degree at Georgetown University. He is also the recipient of 12 honorary degrees.