Pride and Progress
During the course of the summer months we have the chance to review the past academic year while finalizing our
plans for the next one. We take stock of our initiatives and review our progress toward our goals while laying out
ambitious plans for the year ahead. We have high aspirations for Hobart and William Smith Colleges - and a review
of this past year gives us confidence in our ability to continue the momentum we have enjoyed in recent years.
Consider some of the achievements of the academic year just concluded:
- Our students continue to bring great honor to themselves and the Colleges with their success in winning
prestigious national fellowships. In 2008, our students secured three Fulbright Scholarships, one Barry M.
Goldwater Scholarship and the Colleges' first Morris K. Udall Scholarship. When you consider that in the past
five years HWS students have won Rhodes and Gates Cambridge Scholarships as well as four Goldwaters and six
Fulbrights, it says a great deal about the quality of our student body and the engagement of our faculty in preparing
them for these competitive fellowships and scholarships.
- With an impressive ratio of one faculty member for every 11 HWS students, our faculty engage our students with
a lively and challenging curriculum and opportunities for significant research. This past year was a productive
one with scholarship, publications and research grants totaling $1.5 million in government revenue. We currently
have nine active National Science Foundation Awards and five nationally prominent research grants which allow
students extraordinary opportunities to assist faculty members in their research. This summer alone, 62 students
stayed on campus to work with faculty members on research - an increase from 20 students five years ago. They
gain significant research skills and add to their credentials for graduate study or work.
- Our strategic emphasis to establish the Salisbury Center for Career Services as a destination point for all students
continues to show encouraging results. In the past year, 4,000 appointments were logged at Career Services for
current students to meet with our professional staff - a staggering increase from 700 appointments four years ago.
- Our alumni, alumnae, parents and friends have been instrumental in the opportunities our students have to explore
career choices with internship experiences. Across the various sectors of business, government and non-profits, our
students have gained critical work experience in internships through the Salisbury Center. More than 600 internships
were recorded this year - up from 200 four years ago.
- Hobart and William Smith athletics continue to energize our campus and develop students with leadership skills.
Consider these statistics from this past academic year: students received more than 100 all academic awards;
the Statesmen and Herons won five conference championships in field hockey, football, Hobart rowing, William
Smith sailing and William Smith soccer; 12 HWS teams earned a trip to the postseason in NCAA or equivalent
tournaments; and 10 HWS student athletes were named All-Americans.
- It was heartening to receive results of an independent survey of our graduating seniors that showed student
satisfaction with their undergraduate experience a full 10 percent higher than our peer group of liberal arts colleges.
I could continue this listing for other areas of the institution but the overall point is the same: Hobart and William Smith
are excelling on many fronts. Our Board of Trustees provides thoughtful and committed leadership, our faculty and staff are
dedicated, and our alumni, alumnae, parents and friends are supportive and engaged.
As we start the new academic year and welcome new classes selected from the largest applicant pool in our history (4,300
applications for 555 seats in the first year classes). We can feel the success of Campaign for the Colleges and the resources that
boost the endowment and improve facilities. And we plan for the celebration of the William Smith Centennial on November
8th on campus with pride in our past and excitement for the future.
My fondest hope is that every alum return to campus in the next year to see our talented students and the extraordinary
environment in which they study and live. We take seriously our charge to prepare students for lives of consequence. I am
grateful for the many graduates who, in varied ways, assist us in that mission. We prepare for next year with pride in the
progress accomplished to date and energized for the opportunities ahead.
Mark D. Gearan