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President’s Forum Visit Highlighted

A Finger Lakes Times article on January 26 reported on the announcement of Howard Dean, recent Democratic National Party Chair, as an upcoming President’s Forum Speaker.

The article notes how HWS President Mark D. Gearan asked Dean to speak at the Colleges using “a ploy he often uses in bringing speakers to campus,” and tells of the shared history of Gearan and the former U.S. Presidential Candidate.

“When Gearan was the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, he called Dean, who was serving as lieutenant governor of Vermont at the time, to attempt to convince Dean to run for governor,” according to the article, adding Dean turned Gearan down at the time. “A few weeks later, though, Gov. Richard Snelling died in office, thereby turning it over to Dean in 1991. Voters subsequently elected Dean five times from 1993 to 2003.”

Although the lecture isn’t for another couple of months, students – on both sides of the political fence – are already looking forward to it.

“He was one of the top-rated [National Rifle Association] candidates in the country. And he is also against the current health care legislation. So even though he’s a Democrat, he’s a little more in set with the rest of the country at this time,” the article quotes Theodore Tanzer, a Hobart senior and former chair of the campus’ College Republicans.

Constance Mandeville ’12, co-president of the College Democrats, is also quoted, “This is one of the first names that has really, really excited me, and I can’t wait.”

The full article follows.


Finger Lakes Times
Howard Dean set to speak at HWS

He’s currently a senior advisor for the health care campaign for Democracy for America
David Taube • January 26, 2010

GENEVA – Recent Democratic Party chair, 2004 presidential candidate and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will speak at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in March.

The free speech will be part of the President’s Forum Series, initiated in 2000 to share the knowledge of politicians, intellectuals and social activists with students, staff and the community.

HWS President Mark Gearan secured the speech through his connection with Dean as well as a ploy he often uses in bringing speakers to campus.

Gearan asked Dean by phone if he believes in free speech, to which Dean responded, “Of course.”

“Good,” Gearan said, according to Catherine Williams, the College’s director of communications. “Because you’re giving one at Hobart and William Smith.”
That wasn’t the first time Gearan had tried to talk Dean into something. When Gearan was the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, he called Dean, who was serving as lieutenant governor of Vermont at the time, to attempt to convince Dean to run for governor.

But Dean told Gearan he didn’t want to run, Williams said in an e-mail.

A few weeks later, though, Gov. Richard Snelling died in office, thereby turning it over to Dean in 1991. Voters subsequently elected Dean five times from 1993 to 2003.

His presidential campaign also was one of the first to make use of online donations, a strategy that political commentators have argued helped President Barack Obama win the election.
After his presidential run, Dean went on to chair the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009, where he implemented a 50-state strategy that had presidential candidates try to win electoral votes across the country rather than just in swing states.

He was born in East Hampton, Suffolk County, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1971 from Yale University and a doctor of medicine degree in 1978 from Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, which he then used as a practicing physician.

Dean, 52, is currently a senior advisor for the health care campaign for Democracy for America, an organization he founded to help drum up grassroots support for his presidential campaign.

“He was one of the top-rated [National Rifle Association] candidates in the country. And he is also against the current health care legislation. So even though he’s a Democrat, he’s a little more in set with the rest of the country at this time,” said Theodore Tanzer, a Hobart senior and former chair of the campus’ College Republicans. “He’s certainly an excellent fundraiser.”
For William Smith sophomore Constance Mandeville, the speech will bring back a familiar face.

A native of Peru, Clinton County, which borders Vermont and is near Plattsburgh, she often heard news about Dean. Mandeville, who serves as the co-president of the College Democrats at HWS, also supported him in the primaries.

“This is one of the first names that has really, really excited me, and I can’t wait,” she said.

If you go . . .

WHAT: Howard Dean speech

WHERE: Albright Auditorium, adjacent to Lansing Hall off St. Clair St. at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 25