Downtown Austin Patch, a news outlet in Austin, Texas, published the article, “Dr. Gregory J. Vincent Leaving UT-Austin for President’s Role at Hobart and William Smith Colleges” on April 21. The piece, written by Tony Cantu, discusses Vincent’s impact on the University of Texas and higher education.
The full text of the article is included below.
President Gregory L. Fenves credits Vincent for efforts in making UT-Austin a more inclusive campus throughout his 11-year tenure.
AUSTIN, TX — Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, has accepted the job of president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, officials said Thursday.
Vincent will officially step down from his current role at UT-Austin on July 16 to assume his new role at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, which is his alma mater, university officials said.
UT-Austin President Gregory L. Fenves issued a prepared statement alerting to Vincent’s imminent departure.
“Though it is very difficult to see such an accomplished leader depart our university, I know that Dr. Vincent will flourish in his new role and continue to transform the lives of students — just as he has done for so many years at UT,” Fenves said.
The president credited Vincent for helping to promote inclusion throughout the course of his 11-year tenure at UT-Austin: “At UT, Dr. Vincent was the first person to serve as vice president for diversity and community engagement. Over the course of his 11 years as VP, he elevated our university’s commitment to inclusion in many ways, by implementing substantive programs and initiatives, improving our engagement with communities throughout the state and serving as a champion for the rights, beliefs and perspectives of all UT students, faculty members and staff members.”
Fenves credited Vincent with developing innovative approaches to recruit and support diverse faculty members and graduate students. Moreover, Vincent strengthened academic support for students of color, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and first-generation college students, Fenves said.
“And last month, with Dr. Vincent leading the effort, UT released the University Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which serves as a blueprint for how we can continue to create a more equitable and inclusive experience for students, faculty members and staff members of all backgrounds.”