In 1999, Hobart and William Smith inaugurated Mark D. Gearan as the 26th president of Hobart College and 15th of William Smith College. At the close of his first year, President Gearan initiated the first of what would become three, collaborative strategic planning efforts. The most recent, HWS 2015 is focused around three core areas – liberal arts in the 21st century, community and inclusive excellence.
In 2007, Gearan signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, making Hobart and William Smith a charter member of a national effort to reduce emissions of the gases responsible for global warming.
Hobart and William Smith also kicked off an initiative uniting the greater Geneva community and HWS in 2007. The Geneva Partnership aims to enhance community life for the benefit of all, deepening Hobart and William Smith’s engagement with the community and developing students who will be agents for change in their own communities.