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 >>


“Political Junkie Roadshow” Joins PFS

The "Political Junkie" segment that was a favorite among NPR's "Talk of the Nation" listeners has hit the road for the 2014 election season and will be presented on campus during Homecoming and Family Weekend. "Talk of the Nation" host Neal Conan and "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin will bring the "Political Junkie Road Show" to HWS on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of the President's Forum Series. It w...  More >>

Conferring Honoree Degrees

During the Colleges' 2014 Commencement ceremony, President Mark D. Gearan presented honorary degrees to five individuals involved in the arts: Carl Fribolin; Nozomi Williams; Reynold Levy '66; Dorothy Wickenden '76; and Brad Falchuk '93. "The Colleges are proud to confer honorary degrees on five individuals whose dedication to the arts - through journalism, education, and community-building - are...  More >>

Second-graders Visit HWS

When second grade students from Geneva's West Street School and St. Francis - St. Stephen's School arrived at the Vandervort Room for the Geneva 2020 program on May 5, they happily took their places at the tables awaiting them. As it turned out, most had been to the Colleges before. But organizers of the campus visit, including Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Servic...  More >>

Gearans Receive Springstead Award

The Geneva Rotary Club honored President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan with the distinguished Springstead Award, in recognition of their service to the City of Geneva and the community at large. The Gearans were presented the award at the Geneva Rotary ‘Service Above Self’ dinner on May 1 at Club 86. Retired Diocese of Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark will be the guest speaker at the event...  More >>

Gearan Discusses Variety of Topics on Connections

On Monday, April 28, President Mark D. Gearan was the first guest of "Connections with Evan Dawson," a new radio show WEOS-FM 89.5 launched in the Finger Lakes. The live two-hour, call-in talk show is produced by WXXI in Rochester, N.Y. Over the course of the first hour, Gearan and Dawson discussed a myriad of topics in addition to higher education, including his continued friendship with college...  More >>

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