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President Gearan

Every year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President Mark D. Gearan offers the valedictory address at Commencement. Throughout the year he provides the community with updates on the Colleges by way of his column "Lakeviews" in the Pulteney St. Survey.

Addresses Delivered by President Gearan

Columns Written by President Gearan

The Talloires Network Steering Committee: Updates from the Chair, President Mark Gearan

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Gearan Featured in RBJ

Not long after Mark Gearan was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he placed a call to George Stephanopoulos, an old friend and colleague from his days working in the White House... More >>


Gearan Discusses VP Selection with Vanity Fair

In a Vanity Fair article this week, President Mark D. Gearan discusses the selection process that named Al Gore the running mate of then-Governor Bill Clinton and the political and interpersonal dynamics that choice established for the 1992 campaign. Through the lens of the 2016 election, "Clinton to Kaine: You Complete Me" looks at the impact vice presidential nominees have had in the past sever...  More >>

20 Years of Peace Corps Response

This week, the Peace Corps is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peace Corps Response, which was founded by HWS President Mark D. Gearan, former Director of the Peace Corps from 1995 until 1999. Formerly called Crisis Corps, Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals on short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities across the globe. When the Peace Corps establishes new pro...  More >>

Commencement 2016

Dr. Cheryl L. Dorsey, a Harvard trained physician who started a community-based mobile health unit and who, as the president of Echoing Green, is a global leader in the social impact movement, will deliver this year's Commencement address on Sunday, May 15. The HWS Commencement ceremony with procession will begin in the Robert A. Bristol '31 Field House, where 496 students will earn bachelor's de...  More >>

cIcu Honors President Gearan's Service

This month, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York (cIcu) presented Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan with its Distinguished Service Award. "Time and again President Gearan has served the cause of independent higher education in the State of New York. This year he completed a second term of service on the cIcu Board of Trustees and we were thr...  More >>

Geneva Rotary Club Honors Mary Gearan

At its 7th annual dinner on Thursday, May 5, the Geneva Rotary Club presented its highest honor, the Paul Harris Award, to Mary Herlihy Gearan. For the past four years, Gearan has served as co-chair of Interact, the junior Rotary club at Geneva High School. She was selected for the award because of how she has re-engaged the Interact club over the past few years and reinvigorated the students at ...  More >>

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