Gregory Vincent, a member of the Hobart Class of 1983, has recently been named vice provost for institutional equity and diversity at the University of Oregon. His appointment was featured in the Jan. 6 Oregon Daily Emerald. He was previously vice provost and a law professor at Louisiana State University. Vincent will work closely with various university faculty, staff, student and administrative groups, including the Council of Deans, Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. He will be responsible for providing leadership, guidance and direction for all university equity and diversity matters concerning faculty, students and staff. He will be responsible for furthering multicultural goals of equal opportunity and participation in the campus community, including employment at the administrative and executive levels. The full press release from the University of Oregon is below.
Civil Rights Expert to Fill Diversity Post
A Louisiana law professor with broad experience as an academic administrator and as a civil rights and labor law attorney will fill the university's newly created post of vice provost for institutional equity and diversity.
Gregory J. Vincent, a Louisiana State University law professor who was the Baton Rouge school's vice provost from 1999-2003 and directed the Equity and Diversity Resource Center as assistant vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for four years before that, is expected to start work by Jan. 9, according to UO Senior Vice President and Provost John Moseley.
“Our hiring of Greg Vincent is the culmination of a collaborative process originally recommended to us by Elson Floyd, a consultant on how to make our diversity programs work in the best ways possible,” Moseley says. “After launching a national search during the last academic year and interviewing a number of candidates, we are very pleased to have identified a very experienced person in Greg Vincent. He has overseen programs at Wisconsin and at LSU with great success that are similar to those we're going to ask him to spearhead here.”
The full time, 12-month administrative faculty position that Vincent is filling will report directly to Moseley. Vincent will work closely with various UO faculty, staff, student and administrative groups, including the Council of Deans, Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs.
Vincent will be responsible for providing leadership, guidance and direction for all UO equity and diversity matters concerning faculty, students and staff. He will be responsible for furthering multicultural goals of equal opportunity and participation in the campus community, including employment at the administrative and executive levels.
One of Vincent's first tasks, Moseley says, will be to develop and implement a communications and diversity plan in response to and in concert with previous diversity reports.
“I'm thrilled, for personal and professional reasons, to have been chosen for this position,” Vincent says. “I've always wanted to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and this opportunity to work at the University of Oregon–a fine, flagship institution that is an Association of American Universities member–makes this an unbeatable combination.
“When it comes to my priorities,” Vincent adds, “I think we're all on the same page. We'll begin right away to create a five-year diversity plan that integrates closely with the university's strategic plan.”
Vincent, who will become a participating member of the Law faculty and teach one course a year, is one of 20 university administrators selected in 2002 for an intensive executive doctoral degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is expected to receive his doctor of education degree in higher education management from the Philadelphia school in May 2004.
A 1983 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree in history and economics, Vincent earned his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1987. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and West Virginia, is a certified civil rights mediator and has completed advanced training as a facilitator.
In addition to his academic positions, Vincent was vice president and lead counsel for Bank One Cleveland (Ohio) during 1994-95, served as regional and legal affairs director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission from 1991-94 and was an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office from 1988-91. He also worked for a West Virginia law firm as an associate during 1987-88.