As president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1999, President Gearan and has reinforced the Colleges’ commitment to academic rigor, global understanding, study abroad opportunities, community service and service-learning. He previously served as director of the Peace Corps and as Director of Communications and Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House during the Clinton administration. President Gearan is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and serves on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and The Partnership of Public Service. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of ServiceNation. He is the past national chair of Campus Compact, a Talloires Network partner organization that is the leading advocate for civic engagement in US higher education.