Alumna Named Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alumna Named Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board

Lauren Shallish ’05, who has served in the President’s Office at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the past two years, was recently promoted to Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

“I am delighted that Lauren has agreed to remain at Hobart and William Smith in this new position,” said President Mark D. Gearan. “Her thoughtful counsel, energy and passion for these Colleges make her the ideal selection for this very important role.”

As Presidential Fellow, Shallish was involved with the HWS2005 and HWS2010 strategic plans, headed the President’s Forum and President’s Radio Series and assisted with President’s Office communications and Campaign for the Colleges events. Additionally, she served as a Common Ground instructor, research assistant for Success for Geneva’s Children and member of the William Smith Centennial Programming Committee.

“I am excited for the year ahead,” Shallish said. “I look forward to working more closely with the Board of Trustees and with President Gearan to further the mission of the Colleges. I care deeply about the HWS and Geneva community and am excited to take on this new challenge.”

During her undergraduate career, Shallish worked for four years in Alumni House, wrote often for the Pulteney St. Survey and volunteered with Geneva Heroes, the Alternative Spring Break Program and Community Lunch Program. She was an English and political science double major and a member of the Hai Timiai Senior Honor Society, the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and in 2004 was awarded the Chester J. Hampton Award for excellence in English.

Shallish succeeds Bob O’Connor, who recently accepted a new role as the Colleges’ Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

In addition, Louis H. Guard ’07, who in May received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and public policy studies cum laude from Hobart College, was named Presidential Fellow. Guard will assist with the President’s Forum and Radio Series, Campaign for the Colleges events, communications and Board of Trustees responsibilities.

As a student, Guard was named to the dean’s list and was founding editor of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Public Policy Journal. A member of Kappa Alpha society, tour guide and Reunion student worker, Guard studied in Washington, D.C., during the fall 2006 semester, where he completed an internship at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a former member of the board of trustees of Geneva Public Library.