January 10, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y. – A national leader in civic engagement and service, Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan will be a featured speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Summit: “Remember! Celebrate! Act!” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Gearan, former director of the Peace Corps and current member of the Corporation for National Service, will speak on “The New Citizenship” and provide a guide for people interested in learning how to make a difference in their community. Gearan will share his insights on participation through both the civic and service processes.
As president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a private, residential four-year institution in Western New York state, Gearan has led a resurgence of interest in the notion of service as a worthy pursuit, both on and off campus, reaffirming the Colleges' commitment to understanding through service and education. This interest mirrors his positive influence during his tenure as director of the Peace Corps, a post he held from 1995 until his appointment as president of the Colleges in 1999.
Prior to his Peace Corps directorship, Gearan served in the Clinton 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 Al Gore's campaign manager, and then Deputy Director of President-elect Clinton's transition team. His writings have been published extensively, including pieces in the Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and the San Francisco Examiner, and he has appeared on several national media outlets and panels for his expertise on U.S. presidential transitions.
Additionally, he is a member of the advisory board of The Presidential Appointee Initiative, a project of the Brookings Institution, designed to revamp the process through which U.S. Presidential appointees are chosen. He remains committed to issues of international service as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Global Citizens Circle, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the National Campus Compact.
A native of Gardner, Mass., Gearan earned a bachelor's degree in government cum laude at Harvard University, and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is the recipient of 12 honorary degrees.
Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share a distinctive and historic coordinate relationship. Service and off-campus study are important elements of the curriculum, with more than 60 percent of the Colleges' 1,800 students spending at least one term in study abroad or in off-campus programs in major U.S. cities, and logging more than 16,500 hours in service projects throughout the community.