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Gearan Nominated by President Bush to National Service Board

Hobart and William Smith Colleges President nominated to serve a one-year term on the Corporation for National and Community Service Board.

(June 8, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.— Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan has been nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term of one year. According to a White House press release, Gearan’s nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation.

Gearan, former director of the Peace Corps and former Communications Director for the Clinton White House, had served on the board previously. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which operates the community-based service programs Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country. The Corporation will support 75,000 AmeriCorps members, 500,000 Senior Corps volunteers, and 1.8 million students in service-learning in the 2004 program year. Together with USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working to build a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility in America.

“For years Mark Gearan has provided exceptional leadership to our agency and to the larger national service movement, both at home and abroad, said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Whether as a college president, Peace Corps Director, or member of our board, Mark has exemplified the ideals of service and civic engagement. We are very fortunate to have a nominee with such dedication and experience, and we look forward to working with Mark to strengthen our programs and build a culture of service in America.”

In addition to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Gearan serves as a member of The Partnership of Public Service, a group aimed at encouraging young people to pursue federal service careers. Additionally, he serves as vice chair of the National Campus Compact and as co-chair of the New York Campus Compact Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Independent College Fund of New York.

Outside of the education and service arenas, President Gearan has been on the advisory board of The Presidential Appointee Initiative, a project of the Brookings Institution that has worked to revamp the process through which U.S. Presidential appointees are chosen. In 2003, he was named to the Board of Directors of the newly formed not-for-profit organization New Jobs for New York, designed to encourage economic development and spur job growth throughout New York State.

Gearan has remained involved in international issues as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Global Citizens Circle. Closer to home, he serves on the board of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes and is a member of Jobs for Geneva.

He resides in Geneva, N.Y., with his wife, Mary Herlihy Gearan, and their two daughters, Madeleine and Kathleen.

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President Gearan's appointment was featured in the Academic Impressions Daily News bulletin June 10.