President Mark D. Gearan introduces Honorary Trustee and former Chair of the
Board of Trustees Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’84, L.H.D.’08 (sitting) at the
ribbon cutting for the Salisbury Center at Trinity Hall in 2004.

Dear Friends,

I was privileged to represent Hobart and William Smith at the Installation of the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry ’75 as the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. A liturgy marking the beginning of Bishop Curry’s ministry was celebrated on the Feast of All Saints at Washington National Cathedral, and it was an honor to attend on behalf of our alumni and alumnae.

Bishop Curry graduated from Hobart with a degree in religious studies and went on to earn his master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School. Ordained a deacon in 1978, Curry was the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, serving as a member of the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees from 1988 until 1992. When he took office as Presiding Bishop on November 1, he became the first African-American to do so. The headline of the Washington Post story detailing the Installation noted that Curry “is expected to bring Pope Francis-like energy to the job.”

As you would imagine, the Installation ceremony was a remarkable celebration, one made more poignant by the selection of music, which included two pieces by the late Lindsay Arthur Lafford, HWS professor emeritus of music, who taught Bishop Curry as an undergraduate. To honor this association, Bishop Curry asked that Benjamin Straley, organist and associate director of music at Washington National Cathedral, play Lafford’s “Ostinato from ‘Suite for Organ,’” and “Dithyramb on ‘Paderborn.’” It was a fitting tribute to Lafford and to the Colleges, as well as a powerful reminder of the strong bonds of mentorship that, once forged on campus, span a lifetime. You can read more about Bishop Curry on page 18.

This issue of The Pulteney Street Survey also highlights the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, which relies on the good will and generosity of alumni, alumnae and parents to thrive. Offering a myriad of services to students – from helping to identify values and career goals, to assisting with resume preparation and interview techniques – the Center is particularly adept at facilitating mentoring relationships between students and a broad network of alums and parents. These are individuals who take the time and effort to speak with students about their future plans, who offer internships and first jobs, and who ensure that the strong education students receive in Geneva translates into a rewarding career or graduate school opportunity.

The Salisbury Center would not be possible without its namesake founder, Honorary Trustee and former Chair of the Board Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, P’94, L.H.D.’08. It was Charlie’s vision to invest in the Center which is today a defining component of every HWS student’s experience, offering one-on-one guidance and a guaranteed internship program. It was Charlie’s idea to create and fund the International Internship program that has profoundly changed the lives of 30 students who have spread out across the globe for internships in a myriad of careers including finance, medicine, law, real estate and advertising (see page 30). Charlie’s confidence in the power of a Hobart and William Smith education has never wavered. I am grateful to him for his leadership and service, and to the many alums and parents who mentor our students, helping them to find their footing post-graduation.

As we begin the spring 2016 semester, I send my very best wishes from Geneva.








Mark D. Gearan President


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.