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U.S. Service Plan, Gearan, the Focus

An article in the Democrat and Chronicle today features the meeting between community services providers from western New York and Colleges President Mark D. Gearan, in his role as chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The article notes “about 50 providers of community services” from the region met with Gearan “to discuss the proposed strategic plan for the Corporation for National & Community Service,” adding this meeting is “one of the 12 being held around the nation before the national service corporation finalizes its strategic plan, which takes on added importance because legislation approved last year calls for a sweeping expansion of national service programs.”

“The thread throughout all of this is service as a solution,” the article quotes Gearan.

Prior to joining HWS, President Gearan was the Director of the Peace Corps. He previously served in the Clinton White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he was Al Gore’s campaign manager, segueing to the position of Deputy Director of President-elect Clinton’s transition team.

A native of Gardner, Mass., President Gearan earned his B.A. in government cum laude at Harvard University and his law degree at Georgetown University. He is the recipient of 12 honorary degrees.

The full article follows.


Democrat and Chronicle
Community agencies share ideas for U.S. service plan
James Goodman • Staff writer • August 6, 2010

About 50 providers of community services from western New York on Thursday gave some advice to the board chairman of the federal government’s chief provider of funds.

They met with Mark Gearan at the University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees Library to discuss the proposed strategic plan for the Corporation for National & Community Service.

“The thread throughout all of this is service as a solution,” said Gearan, who in addition to serving as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva is also board chairman of the community service corporation.

His presentation followed Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, telling of the deep roots of community service in the area.

Rochester’s brainstorming session is one of the 12 being held around the nation before the national service corporation finalizes its strategic plan, which takes on added importance because legislation approved last year calls for a sweeping expansion of national service programs.

More than $1 billion in grants and stipends are provided by the corporation each year for such programs as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn Service America.
Those attending Thursday’s gathering broke into four groups to discuss various priority areas and then reported back to Gearan.

“In Rochester, we believe education is a wrap-around,” said David James-Wilson of the Hillside Family of Agencies during the group discussion education, which stressed the need for teachers to be trained in and promote community service.
Recommendations from other groups stressed the need for collaborative efforts.

“We’re moving into a tipping point moment,” said Gearan.