For more than four decades, Professor of Economics Patrick McGuire H'10 has contributed to the future of Hobart and William Smith Colleges as an innovative teacher, respected scholar, dedicated colleague, and compassionate friend and neighbor. His extraordinary ability to help people understand the complexities of economics has been complemented by his open, willing and friendly demeanor that allows even beginning students to understand the concepts and dynamics of the worlds of business and finance.
Patrick McGuire's leadership at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is extensive as he has served in multiple capacities on faculty committees, as chair of the Department of Economics, and most recently as Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty. As chief academic officer for the past year, he has contributed greatly to the future of the Colleges while also aiding in the search for the next Provost and Dean of Faculty. Hobart and William Smith have benefitted greatly from his vast experience, good counsel and perspective as he has shepherded the academic direction of the Colleges.
Due to his initiative and contributions, the educational landscape of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is forever changed, becoming more advanced and unique. Working with colleagues, he co-founded the Colleges' Public Policy program in Washington, D.C., as well as the Two Cities bi-disciplinary course, taking Hobart and William Smith students to New York City and Toronto. He also led several off-campus programs in Ireland, England and Central Europe as well as a Semester-at-Sea. He is a regular participant in the annual Wall Street Experience Program which connects his current and former students who now work at global investment banks, ratings agencies and hedge funds. In collaboration with his students, he has completed several important economic impact reports that have tracked the Colleges' effect on the greater Geneva community.
His service as a friend and adviser to Hobart and William Smith students remains long after commencement. The announcement of his retirement brought dozens of alumni and alumnae back to campus to attend his last class, to laud his decades of mentorship, and to thank him for his extraordinary teaching. Trustee Andrew G. McMaster Jr. '74, P'09, a former student, donated the McGuire House, a residence for visiting international scholars, in his honor. The Hobart graduates of 2010 made him an honorary member of their class.
A graduate of St. Peter's College before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University, Patrick McGuire's insightful and sophisticated understanding of economics will always be remembered, as well as his love of these Colleges and the community.