Mark D. Gearan has been appointed director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Gearan will begin work at the IOP in March.

“At Harvard we believe in the power of public service to transform our societies for the better,” said Drew Faust, President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “We are excited that Mark, a distinguished leader who has dedicated most of his impressive career to public service, will now bring his remarkable skills and passion to the IOP.”

“The IOP exposes students to the practical world of politics and public service in order to inspire and help the students enter that world later in their lives,” said Douglas Elmendorf, HKS Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy. “Our students will benefit greatly from Mark’s deep knowledge of both public service and higher education.”

“I am honored to serve as the next director of the Institute of Politics.  The mission to inspire and prepare Harvard students to become leaders in politics and public service could not be more important.  As an undergraduate I benefited greatly from the IOP, and I look forward to continuing its rich legacy for today’s students with vibrant programs, speakers, and ideas from academia and practice,” Gearan said.

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