HWS President Hosts Forum Speaker in Boston
U.S. News and World Report editor David Gergen to discuss “American Leadership in a Time of War”
Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan is taking his President’s Forum Series on the road to Boston on Wednesday, April 30, when David Gergen, “U.S. News and World Report” editor and professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will discuss “American Leadership in a Time of War.” The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Many members of the Hobart and William Smith Club of Boston are expected to attend. The program will be aired on WEOS radio 89.7/90.3 FM and is available online at this location.
For many years, Gergen has been an active participant in American national life. He currently serves at editor-at-large for “U.S. News and World Report,” but in addition to his work in journalism he has been a key participant and adviser to Washington leaders.
Gergen served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1993, he put his country before politics when he agreed to first serve as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international advisor to the president and to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
During 1984-1993, Gergen worked mostly as a journalist. For two years, he was editor of U.S. News. Working with the owner and editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman and a revived staff, he helped to guide the magazine to record gains in circulation and advertising. During that period, he also teamed up with Mark Shields for political commentary on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. The two were a popular political team and won numerous accolades for their political coverage.
Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He served as moderator of World @ Large, the 13-part PBS discussion series for the past two seasons and published his best-selling book, “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton” in 2000.
A native of Durham, N.C., Gergen is a member of the D.C. bar and holds 10 honorary degrees. Among his current non-profit boards, he was elected by the alumni to serve on the Yale Corporation, and he is Chairman of the National Selection Committee for the Ford Foundation’s program on Innovations in American Government.
The President’s Forum Series was initiated by President Gearan in January, 2000, and since then myriad national figures have visited the HWS campus, each bringing his or her expertise and wisdom to share with the Colleges' community. Guests not only speak at an evening event, but often visit classes and chat with students and others at a reception or dinner in their honor.
Anyone from the local area who plans to be in Boston on the date of this event and would like to attend should contact Alumni House at (315) 781-3700 for tickets.
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