Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been appointed to the Ontario ARC Advisory Board, which is responsible for providing community-based input and support of ARC programs and services.
Ontario ARC assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by offering personalized services and supports that promote independence, recognize individual uniqueness and value quality of life. In maintaining an advisory board, the organization seeks to use the talents and creative thinking of community leaders in order to provide more responsive and strategic services to people with developmental disabilities.
“As participants in Ontario ARC’s College Experience Program, the Colleges have seen firsthand the work of the organization and the ability it has to empower and strengthen the individuals it serves,” says Gearan. “I look forward to working with other community members to help Ontario ARC achieve its goals.”
Locally, Gearan also serves on the Advisory Council of the Geneva Community Center as well as the Happiness House Foundation and on the Board for Jobs for Geneva. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and past Chair of the Annapolis Group, and serves on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and The Partnership of Public Service. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of ServiceNation. He is the past chair of the National Campus Compact.
Outside of the education and service arenas, Gearan 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. He was named to the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit New Jobs for New York, designed to encourage economic development and spur job growth throughout New York State.