An article in the Finger Lakes Times featured the official welcome of President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 to Hobart and William Smith on his first day in office this week. Published on July 18, the piece, “Vincent era begins at HWS,” outlines Vincent’s first day of activities, including meeting with students and faculty, as well as members of the Geneva community and elected officials.
The full text of the article is as follows:
GENEVA — The changeover of leadership at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is complete.
New President Gregory Vincent officially began his tenure with HWS on Monday, receiving a warm welcome from the campus community, Colleges officials said.
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 last evening.
“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,” said Vincent, who graduated in 1983. “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, succeeding Mark Gearan, who this month completed a record 18th year as president of HWS.
Vincent is a national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture and served as the University of Texas at Austin’s vice president for diversity and community engagement, professor of community college leadership and professor of law.
He is the first alumnus to serve as president of Hobart and William Smith.
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 grew 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 of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Distinguished Service Award from the Moritz College of Law.
Vincent attended public schools in New York City and graduated from Bronx High School of Science. Besides his bachelor’s degree from Hobart, he holds a law degree from Ohio State University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.