HWS President Steps Down – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update HWS President Steps Down covered news of Mark D. Gearan’s presidency concluding at the end of the academic year in the article, “President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Steps Down.” The Aug. 17 piece that ran in the Syracuse Post-Standard details how Gearan has impacted the Colleges in a positive way during his tenure as president.

The full text of the article can be found below:

GENEVA, N.Y. — The longtime president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges has announced he will leave his post at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Mark D. Gearan, the the longest serving president in the history of the colleges, plans to take a position at Harvard University as ‘president in residence’ where he will focus on issues facing higher education in the Graduate School of Education.

“I have been fortunate to work with an extraordinary faculty, dedicated staff and an engaged Board of Trustees committed to our mission to prepare our students to lead lives of consequence,” Gearan said in a statement.

“I feel blessed to have lived on a campus with a vibrant student body from around the nation and the globe who bring vitality to this remarkable educational environment in the classroom and outside the classroom, in Geneva and beyond,” he said.

A native of Gardner, Mass., Gearan earned an undergraduate degree in government at Harvard University and a law degree at Georgetown University.

He was press secretary during the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and was Vice President Al Gore’s campaign manager in the 1992 presidential campaign. Gearan became a deputy chief of staff in the Clinton White House and rose to director of communications and strategic planning.

Gearan was appointed the Peace Corps’ director in 1995 and became president of the men’s and women’s liberal arts colleges in 1999 at the age of 42. He was one of the youngest colleges presidents in the country at the time.

During his time as president Gearan was credited with leading the colleges through a period of growth.

“By every measure, Hobart and William Smith is a better place today because of Mark’s vision and principled leadership,” said Thomas S. Bozzuto, chair of the Board of Trustees. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with him for the past 17 years and have seen first-hand the unwavering commitment and affection he has for the Colleges, for our students, alums and parents, and for our talented faculty and staff.”

A search committee to find a new president is being planned.

About 2,300 undergraduates attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The private schools share faculty and classrooms, but each awards their own degrees.

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