February 28, 2001
GENEVA, NY—Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan was sworn in at his first board meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington yesterday. At the first meeting, the board discussed service activities including a report on strategic alliances with such agencies as America's Promise and the Points of Light Foundation.
Gearan was nominated to the Corporation by President Clinton and the executive nomination was confirmed by the U. S. Senate in December. He will serve a two-year term.
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages Americans of all backgrounds in community-based service. This service addresses the nation's educational, public safety, human, and environmental needs. Those involved achieve direct and demonstrable results with the intent of fostering civic responsibility and providing educational opportunity for those who make substantial service contributions. The Corporation is best known for overseeing Americorps, Service Corps, and Service Learning programs. Established in 1993, the Corporation for National Service engages more than a million Americans each year in service to their communities—helping to solve community problems.
Gearan said his service as a board member complements his duties as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “Many schools are discovering the value of service-learning through projects that link education and service. These programs improve students academically and also offer the foundation for the habits of good citizenship,” he said.
Gearan was appointed HWS president in 1999 while serving as Director of the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. He holds extensive credentials in public policy and service. Prior to his tenure at the Peace Corps, he had served at the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. C the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.