President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 officially began his tenure with Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday, July 17, receiving a warm welcome from the campus community. The day began outside Coxe Hall where students greeted him as he walked into his office for the first time. Planned events throughout the day included phone calls with alums and parents; meetings with faculty, students, staff and local elected officials; a visit to the Geneva Boys and Girls Club; and a Geneva community reception.
“I am thrilled to return to my alma mater in this role and excited to work in collaboration with the Hobart and William Smith community as we advance the Colleges,” says Vincent. “I do so with immense gratitude for the opportunity to give back to a place that means so much to me.”
In April, Vincent was named the 27th President of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College. A national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, he served as UT Austin’s Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law. He is the first alumnus to serve as president of Hobart and William Smith.
Vincent is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) where he serves as the Grand Sire Archon-Elect (President-Elect). He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., serving as national chair of the Commission on Racial Justice.
Vincent’s extensive career is distinguished by his commitment to equity and justice. At UT Austin, he presided over the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, now regarded as a national model. Under his leadership, the division has grown to encompass a $50 million budget with more than 400 employees and 50 units, as well as 400 local and regional partners, who help connect the university’s resources to communities across the state, particularly those facing significant challenges in accessing education.
For his service and community engagement, Vincent has received numerous awards and recognitions, notably the Educator of the Year Award from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, the Distinguished Service Award from the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Distinguished Service Award from the Moritz College of Law.
The Austin NAACP and Austin Area Urban League presented Vincent with their highest honors, the DeWitty/Overton Freedom Award and the Whitney Young Legacy Award for committing himself “to raise awareness and educate the community on the importance of diversity and inclusion.” In recognition of his leadership, the City of Austin made June 13, 2017 Dr. Gregory J. Vincent Day.
Vincent attended public schools in New York City and graduated from Bronx High School of Science. A 1983 graduate of Hobart College, he holds a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.