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Gearan Calls College Students to Service

Rankings publication features Hobart and William Smith Colleges President

GENEVA—Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is the featured author of “The Final Word” in Kaplan’s “How to get into College 2007,” an annual college ranking guide. The Newsweek publication features Gearan’s advice in an endnote column, “Our Changing World,” where he reflects upon the importance of community involvement.

“Community service and civic engagement are unlikely to be top of mind when you think about college. But they should be,” Gearan writes. “As you prepare to join the privileged one percent of the world’s citizens who hold college degrees, an invaluable part of your personal and professional background will come as you give back … I encourage you to explore the issues that you care about and find ways to make service part of your life.”

Kaplan’s guide is one of several recent rankings that list Hobart and William Smith Colleges among the best liberal arts institutions in the nation. The Colleges’ commitment to service and equity was recognized when Washington Monthly ranked HWS 35th out of 202 institutions; last year it stood at 79th. The three categories used by the editors of the Washington Monthly are community service, social mobility and research. The editors write that “while other guides ask what colleges can do for students, we ask what colleges are doing for the country.”

In addition, HWS is once again profiled in The Princeton Review’s book, “Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement.” The Princeton Review also lists HWS among 222 Best Northeastern Colleges. U.S. News and World Report again placed HWS among the top third of the country’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges.