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The President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. Many speakers draw audience members from the surrounding cities of Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca.

Forum guests generally take the opportunity to visit classes or gather with students and faculty members to discuss issues. Many people have one-on-one interaction with the speakers for the exchange of ideas or thoughts.

The Forum also offers the speakers a chance to experience the vibrancy of life on this campus. Speakers routinely express their gratitude for the opportunity to have discussions with students and faculty members about the work that they do and their perceptions of the fields of interests of the guests. Since many Forum speakers are national and international policy makers, gathering thoughts and suggestions from the Colleges community aids in their future work.

The President's Forum Series will continue to bring important politicians, intellectuals, and social activists to campus-allowing the community the continual flow and exchange of ideas.


Daniel L. Rosensweig

Daniel L. Rosensweig ’83, President and CEO of Chegg and former HWS Trustee, served as a guest of the President’s Forum Series on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 in Bartlett Theatre. Rosensweig’s talk was titled, “From Sherrill Hall to Silicon Valley….”

During the event, Rosensweig was honored with the Board of Trustees Career Services Award for his engaged and continuing work to transform student lives.

As a nationally known leader in the educational-tech market, Rosensweig has an accomplished executive profile across media communications and internet industries. Before taking the top role at Chegg – one of the world’s largest producers of online textbook rentals, homework help, and scholarship and internship matching – Rosensweig served as President and CEO of Guitar Hero, COO of Yahoo!, President of CNET and CEO of ZDNET.

Named by TechAmerica as Entrepreneur of the Year and among “The Silicon Valley 100” by Business Insider, Rosensweig has brought his innovative approach to business leadership roles at significant nonprofit organizations as well, serving as co-chairman of the board of the ONE campaign and national advisor of He is often called upon by the national media for his expertise.

Through the Colleges’ Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, Rosensweig has connected numerous students to internships, as well as jobs after graduation. The Chegg Internship Program, which regularly hosts HWS students in summer internships, offers development, networking and team building experiences throughout the summer.

A dedicated alumnus, Rosensweig has participated in the “Professionals in Residence” series, mentored HWS students, and previously served as a President’s Forum speaker. In recent years he has sponsored the Food Truck Pit Stop during spring finals week.

In 2008, Rosensweig and his family dedicated the Rosensweig Learning Commons at HWS. Located on the first floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, the Rosensweig Learning Commons has revolutionized the ways students and faculty members interact with one another and with information. The space combines services as well as staff from the library, the Information Technology department and the Center for Teaching and Learning to create a cohesive environment that enables complex learning, deep exploration, and rigorous intellectual pursuit.

As a student, Rosensweig was a political science major as well as a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He studied abroad in London.


Steven Rothstein

March 22, 2017
Geneva Room
4:30 p.m.


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