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HWS President Serves on Team to Aid New York State

Mark D. Gearan joins business execs, politicians, other education leaders on the board of New Jobs for New York

(November 14, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.– Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of an organization designed to retain and attract investment and jobs within New York State.

New Jobs for New York was unveiled earlier this week by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). The private, not-for-profit organization was formed by Roger C. Altman, a longtime investment banker and head of Evercore Partners, who served as deputy treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton.

As one of its first objectives, the group will organize a conference in January intended to identify upstate companies that develop ways to tap alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Last year, Hobart and William Smith were the first higher education institution in New York State to enroll in a program that utilizes wind power as an alternative energy source.

Gearan believes that the Upstate region is fertile ground for economic development. “I am delighted to serve with other educational leaders and corporate executives to improve our economy,” he said.

Joining Gearan on the New Jobs for New York Board are: Shirley Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy; Judy Marks, vice chairperson and president of Lockheed Martin Distribution Technologies; John LaFalce, former congressman from Western New York; Alan Patricof, chairman of Apax Partners; Karen St. Hilaire, executive director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce; Phil Teel, vice president of AEW&EW, Northrop Grumman; Tom Valenzuela, president of Valenzuela Capital Partners LLC; Paul D. Wetenhall, executive director of High Technology Rochester; John Galanti, president of Hudson Valley DataNet; and Thomas H. Lee, treasurer and chairman of Thomas H. Lee Partners. State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi will serve as a member of the advisory board, chaired by Sen. Clinton.

Gearan and New Jobs for New York founder Altman have worked together before. Gearan served as assistant to the president and director of communications in the Clinton White House, as well as deputy chief of staff from 1993 to 1995.


President Mark Gearan was part of a story titled Clinton to Join Economic Unit Aiding Upstate” in the Nov. 10 New York Times. According to the article, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to participate in a private, nonprofit group formed by Roger C. Altman, a longtime investment banker—New Jobs for New York.

Stories on new Jobs for New York were also published by the Associated Press, Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, and Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin.