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PULTENEY STREET SURVEY - SPRING 2017

A Life of Leadership

by Dan DeNose ’10

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”Dr. Martin Luther King

During his Commencement address for my class, President Gearan shared a maxim used by the cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point: “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.”

This quote left an imprint on my heart, but it took me years after graduation to truly understand its significance.

It was during my first year as a college student when I asked President Gearan to be my mentor. Like many of my friends, I went to college with the hope of becoming a change agent and contributing to my family’s success. But I recognized early that to accomplish my dreams, I needed guidance and development, leadership and wisdom, opportunity and growth.

The night before I asked President Gearan to mentor me, I prepared myself to be pointed in another direction for mentorship. However, to my surprise, the busiest man on campus said yes. Despite his schedule, for four years President Gearan always made time for me. The transition from young first-year student to young man would not have been the same if not for him. He provided me opportunities to grow as a leader and professional.

It is because of Mark’s citizenship that I risk more than others think is safe. It is because of Mark’s mentorship that I have learned to care more than others think is wise. It is because of Mark’s leadership that I dream more than others think is practical. It is because of Mark’s friendship that I have learned to expect more than others think is possible.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva will never be the same, but I am reassured to know Mark’s legacy will carry on for generations in our beloved community. The world is a better place because of him, and so am I.

Mark Gearan will always be my President.

In the words of Mark D. Gearan…

With every best wish, I am

Dan M. De Nose

 

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