This month, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York (cIcu) presented Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan with its Distinguished Service Award.
“Time and again President Gearan has served the cause of independent higher education in the State of New York. This year he completed a second term of service on the cIcu Board of Trustees and we were thrilled to recognize his contributions to the Independent Sector’s shared interests,” said Laura L. Anglin, president of cIcu.
Gearan served three-year terms on the cIcu board, from 2003-06 as a member of the Legislative Committee; and from 2013-16 as a member of the Executive Committee and the Legislative Committee.
Founded in 1956 by a group of private, not-for-profit college and university presidents, cIcu represents more than 100 independent campuses across New York State. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy. Although not a government agency, cIcu is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Regents.
The Distinguished Service Award is annually bestowed on members of the cIcu Board of Trustees who are completing their terms of service.
A leader in higher education, Gearan is the co-chair of the National Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard College, past chair of the Board of Directors of the Annapolis Group and former board member of The Partnership for Public Service. As one of our nation’s leading experts on the intersection of higher education and civic engagement, he serves on the Leadership Council for The Franklin Project, a policy program at the Aspen Institute working to create a 21st century national service system that challenges all young people to give at least one year of full-time service to their country. Additionally, as the past chair of the Board of Directors of both National Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service, he has broadly supported civic engagement activities in the United States. Internationally, Gearan is a member and former chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee, an association of more than 200 institutions on six continents.