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Vice Chair Mark Gearan Statement on the Passing of Harris Wofford

Posted: January 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.Mark Gearan, Vice Chair of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released the following statement on the passing of Harris Wofford:

“On the Martin Luther King holiday, our country lost an extraordinary servant leader who - like Dr. King - dedicated his life to building a better and more unified nation.


“For more than seven decades, Harris Wofford served his country. As an enlistee in the Army Air Corps, advisor to Dr. King, special assistant to President Kennedy, associate director of the Peace Corps, president of two colleges, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, U.S. Senator, and CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Harris embodied our Commission’s vision: every American, inspired and eager to serve.


“From helping launch the Peace Corps to passing national service legislation to leading CNCS, Harris understood the power of service to transform lives and get things done. Through his leadership and mentorship, he sparked countless Americans to take their own service journey – making our communities and nation stronger.


“Having worked closely with Harris, I know he was very proud of the impact of Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps; but also deeply frustrated that the supply of service opportunities was never enough to meet the demand by those eager to serve. He believed service–whether military, national, or public – should be the common expectation and common experience of every American.


“As the Commission continues leading this national dialogue, we are inspired by Harris Wofford’s life of service and his fierce dedication to unleashing the power of citizens to serve others and strengthen our democracy. We encourage all Americans to join the conversation and share your ideas.”