Geneva, NY – Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been chosen to serve on an advisory board that will revamp the process through which U.S. Presidential appointees are chosen. Gearan will serve on The Presidential Appointee Initiative: A project of the Brookings Institution, founded this year, and funded by the PEW Charitable Trusts. Its purpose is to streamline the presidential appointment and confirmation process. The Initiative aims to help the nominees of the next administration and promote an agenda of pragmatic reforms that will simplify and expedite the appointments process.
Gearan will serve on a 15 member bipartisan advisory board along with co-chairs Franklin D. Raines, former cabinet member, and chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae; and Nancy Kassebaum Baker, former Senator from Kansas. Other advisory board members include Michael H. Armacost, president of the Brookings Institution; Lawrence S. Eagleburger, former Secretary of State, and senior foreign policy advisor; Carla A. Hills, former U.S. Trade Representative, and chair and CEO of Hills and Company; Lynn M. Martin, former Secretary of Labor, and professor at Northwestern University; Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; Constance Berry Newman, under secretary at the Smithsonian Institution; Leon E. Panetta, former White House Chief of Staff, and director of the Panetta Institute; William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense, and senior fellow at Stanford University; David H. Pryor, former U.S. Senator, and attorney; Donna E. Shalala, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; Alan K. Simpson, former U.S. Senator, and director of the Institute of Politics at JFK School of Government at Harvard; and Nicholas F. Brady, former Secretary of Treasury, and chair of Darby Overseas Investments.
A survey released in April by the Presidential Appointee Initiative found the presidential process on the verge of collapse. Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, the findings gathered from 435 senior-level appointees from the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations portrayed a nomination and confirmation process that exacts a heavy toll on nominees, leaving them exhausted, embarrassed, and confused.
“The path into public service is getting longer and more concerning. I am honored to be a part of establishing a process that will make it easier for Americans to serve their country. The next President and his administration will benefit from these reforms,” Gearan said.
Gearan will help develop A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees that will attempt to answer virtually every question a nominee might have upon being asked to serve. The guide will provide vital information on everything from filling out forms and moving to Washington, D.C. to handling the media and surviving the Senate confirmation process. It is expected to be released in November.