HWS Presidential Search

Hobart and William Smith Colleges — nationally recognized liberal arts colleges distinctive for excellence in academics, study abroad, career preparation, leadership and service — have commenced a search for their next president.

Dedicated to preparing students to lead lives of consequence and guided by a newly revised curriculum, the Colleges are well positioned as a leading residential campus where the values of global citizenship, community engagement, cultural competence, respect and ethics deeply matter. Located in Geneva, N.Y., an All-America City in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Hobart and William Smith have a robust and longstanding connection with the community that reaches back nearly two centuries.

Following 17 years of extraordinary service, Mark D. Gearan announced that his tenure as HWS president will conclude at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Under his leadership, Hobart and William Smith have advanced on every front including the expansion of the academic and financial profiles, strengthening of inclusion and access, increasing fundraising and resources, and the development of the campus and facilities. The result is an enhanced reputation as a highly regarded liberal arts institution.

In seeking a new president who will lead this vibrant intellectual community and who will continue to advance the mission and significant progress of the Colleges, the Board of Trustees have formed a Presidential Search Committee led by Trustee Katherine D. Elliott '66, L.H.D. '08 and Trustee Thomas B. Poole '61, P'91, L.H.D. '06. The committee, composed of trustees, faculty, students, staff and alums, will work closely with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. Members of the Hobart and William Smith community will have the opportunity to share input, ensuring that a comprehensive and effective search process is informed by multiple perspectives.

The Colleges anticipate naming the next president of Hobart and William Smith in the spring of 2017.

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