Time Warner Cable News broadcast a segment, “Departing Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan Reflects on Legacy.” It was the second piece about the announcement, and includes an interview with President Mark D. Gearan.
The full text can be found below:
GENEVA, N.Y. – “Well, this was not an easy decision to make,” Mark Gearan said.
A decision Gearan has made after 17 years as president at Hobart and William Smith Collages in Geneva, he’s moving on.
“It’s a particularly hard decision when you love your job,” he said. “We love Geneva. I have colleagues that I value and students that motivate and inspire me.”
Gearan will step down following the upcoming school year, to become President in Residence at Harvard working to address issues facing higher education. Among the biggest? Cost and access.
“But it’s also the case of the question of access and cost continues to vex both public and private education and how do we continue to deliver?” Gearan said.
Gearan notes eight of ten Hobart students receive some sort of financial aid. Before coming to Hobart in 1999, Gearan was director of the Peace Corps. Before that, he served in several roles in President Bill Clinton’s administration.
“That is the day the Brady Bill passed,” Gearan said.
He weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“I think she is, and others have said this who are observing of American history and politics, very well prepared,” he said. “One of the most prepared candidates for office.”
During his tenure Gearan has overseen tremendous growth on the Hobart and William Smith campus.
“This is a place that’s on the movem” he said. “It has a lot of momentum, a lot of energy.”
In the retirement announcement, the school’s board of trustees chair said “By every measure” the school “is a better place today” because of Gearan’s vision and leadership.
“But it all has the same culture, the same ethos of this place and that is baked into our mission, which is to prepare students to lead lives of consequence,” he said.
Gearan says stepping down and moving on will give him a chance to weigh other opportunities. He raised a family here. Has lived on campus, but the time, he says, is right to move on.
“Hard decisions, but one that’s with gratitude for the opportunities that existed here for me, and gratitude to Geneva,” Gearan said.