Finger Lakes News Radio released the piece, “Gearan Leaving HWS at End of Academic Year” on Aug. 17. The segment includes both the text of President Mark D. Gearan’s letter to the HWS community, an original article, and an audio clip of an interview of Gearan on the Finger Lakes News Radio station.
The full text of the article can be found below:
First word came in an e-mail to faculty and staff this afternoon, Hobart William Smith President Mark Gearan announced it was his intention to leave at the end of the current academic year when his contract runs out.
In his statement he said “The decision to leave a place I love, colleagues I value so highly and students that motivate and inspire me has not been an easy one. But I believe that given the successful efforts of the past years and the momentum we enjoy, this is the appropriate moment for a leadership transition for me personally and for the Colleges.” He feels giving the schools some 10 months’ notice will allow for an “orderly national search and transition to the next President.
Gearan has accepted a position at Harvard University as the ‘President in Residence’ for a semester focusing on the issues facing higher education and the next generation of leaders at the Graduate School of Education.
Gearan started at HWS in 1999.