Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice provost for inclusion and cross-cultural effectiveness and professor at The University of Texas at Austin, has been promoted to a new position as the university’s vice president for diversity and community engagement, and has been named a faculty fellow in the university’s College of Education.
Vincent, a 1983 graduate of Hobart College, will work with student, faculty, staff and community constituents to help make the University of Texas at Austin a more inviting and inclusive environment and to develop strategies to connect intellectual resources of the university to communities across Texas, according to a news release. The Austin campus is one of nine in the UT system; it has some 50,000 students enrolled in 16 colleges and schools served by 21,000 faculty and staff.
He recently hosted a series of “campus conversations” sessions to hear concerns from students and other members of the university community, and has met with a broad range of Austin and state public officials, opinion leaders, journalists and organizations to discuss diversity and inclusion issues.
In his new post, he will continue to be on the faculty as a professor in the Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education.
The new vice president joined the UT-Austin in the summer of 2004, after having been vice provost for institutional equity and diversity and law professor at the University of Oregon. He is a former vice provost for academic affairs and campus diversity at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge from 2000-03, and vice provost for campus diversity the year before that. He was a law professor and taught graduate courses in the university’s College of Education, and was previously a vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of the Equity and Diverse Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Vincent’s private-sector experience includes serving as a vice president of Bank One Cleveland; director for regional and legal affairs at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in Cleveland; assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in Columbus, and as an associate with a law firm in Charleston, W.Va.
After receiving his bachelor of arts degree, with majors in history and economics, at HWS, where he was a member of the basketball and cross-country teams, he earned a doctorate with emphasis in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, and his juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. He has been a member of the HWS Afro-Latino Alumni Association.