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Higher Education and the Greater Good

HWS President Mark Gearan to discuss civic mission of colleges at public service conference

(April 14, 2004) WORCESTER, Mass.– From university-sponsored events centered on good works to college courses with public service requirements, civic engagement is a major component of higher education today. With that in mind, Campus Compact hosts “Demonstrating the Public Value of Higher Education,” a regional conference on the connection between service and learning, April 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn in Worcester.

Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education.

Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., presents the keynote address, “Higher Education's Response to Civic Mission.”

Gearan also will moderate a discussion called “What Now?” featuring Elizabeth Hollander of National Campus Compact; Jane Oates, senior education adviser for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.); and Frank Newman of the Futures Project, a consortium that examines and debates the role of higher education in our increasingly global society.

Other topics of the two-day conference include development of student leaders; service in science, engineering and math; ways to make Day of Service events more meaningful; and the impact of service-learning.

Gearan presently serves on the board of the National Campus Compact and is co-chair of the New York Campus Compact Executive Committee. Civic engagement has been the cornerstone of his life's work. Immediately prior to serving as the Colleges' president, Gearan was director of the Peace Corps. In addition, he has been confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

A native of Gardner, Mass., Gearan earned his B.A. in government cum laude at Harvard University and his law degree from Georgetown University.

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