Speeches and Columns

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 >>


Mary Herlihy Gearan Honored by Ability Partners Foundation

At the Ability Partners Foundation's third annual "Evening of Stars Gala" fundraiser, Mary Herlihy Gearan was presented with the Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award. Since 2002, Gearan has served on the board of directors of Happiness House-Finger Lakes Cerebral Palsy Association, which is supported by Ability Partners Foundation. Happiness House, an educational, residential, health and hu...  More >>

Pollster John Della Volpe Joins PFS

As the 2016 U.S. Presidential race approaches its final weeks, the HWS President's Forum Series welcomed John Della Volpe, director of polling at Harvard University's Institute of Politics (IOP) and founder and CEO of SocialSphere, Inc., a large data and social media analytics company located in Cambridge, Mass. An expert on millennial attitudes toward politics and public service, Della Volpe de...  More >>

10 Years of Festival of Nations

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the community-wide, annual Festival of Nations sponsored by the Geneva City School District and Hobart and William Smith Colleges marks its 10th year of celebrating the diverse cultures of the Geneva community. "Over the past 10 years, we have partnered with just about every organization in Geneva," says Nikki Kersbergen, grants coordinator for the Geneva City School Distric...  More >>

Gearan Talks VP Debate on MSNBC

President Mark D. Gearan joined a conversation on MSNBC on Oct. 4, discussing the vice presidential debate between U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. Gearan, who served as Assistant to the President, Director of Communications and Deputy Chief of Staff during the Clinton Administration, discussed his experience prepping a vice presidential candidate. In 1992, h...  More >>

Presidential Election 2016

With about 50 days to the Presidential Election, political strategists Mary Matalin P'17 and James Carville L.H.D. '13, P'17, Ithaca Mayor and Presidential Fellow Svante L. Myrick and The Echo Group President Dan Fee '92 talked politics across parties during a special Homecoming and Family Weekend President's Forum. Moderated by President Mark D. Gearan, the event was held in a standing-room-only...  More >>

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