Senate Confirms Hobart and William Smith President – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Senate Confirms Hobart and William Smith President

Mark D. Gearan appointed to Corporation for National and Community Service

Geneva, NY – Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was unanimously confirmed by the U. S. Senate to the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term of two years. He was nominated by President Clinton and the executive nomination was confirmed by the Senate during Friday of the current congress.

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 contribution. 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.

AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps, engages more than 40,000 Americans in intensive, results-driven service. Most AmeriCorps members are selected by and serve with local and national organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

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. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he was Vice-President Gore's campaign manager and then Deputy Director of President-elect Clinton's transition team. He has served as Executive Director of the Democratic Governor's Association, as a senior member of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign, and as an aide to former Congressmen Robert Drinan of Massachusetts and Berkeley Bedell of Iowa.