Finger Lakes Times, a Geneva, N.Y. based newspaper, published “Hobart graduate Gregory Vincent is Colleges’ next president” on April 20. The article covers the presidential announcement made by HWS Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68 and the initial remarks made by Gregory J. Vincent ’83 to the HWS community.
The full text of the article is included below.
GENEVA — Gregory Vincent is the next president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the school announced Thursday afternoon.
Thomas Bozzuto, chairman of the HWS Board of Trustees, said he and his colleagues voted unanimously to approve the Presidential Search Committee’s recommendation that Vincent, a 1983 Hobart graduate, become the Colleges’ next president.
Vincent will succeed current President Mark D. Gearan, who is stepping down in June after 18 years on the job.
A national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, Vincent currently serves as UT’s vice president for diversity and community engagement, a professor of community college leadership and as a law professor.
“Dr. Vincent is an exemplary educator, scholar and leader whose experiences in higher education administration and community engagement are an ideal fit for Hobart and William Smith,” Bozzuto said. “Selected from a large number of very qualified applicants, Greg’s character, vision and expertise were obvious. He has dedicated his life to ensuring access to education and to providing opportunities for students to succeed. We are thrilled to welcome him and confident in his ability to lead the Colleges into a new era of achievement.”
“I am deeply honored to be selected as the president of Hobart and William Smith,” said Vincent, who is the first alumnus in the Colleges’ history to serve in the role. “As a proud alumnus, I know firsthand the transformative power of an HWS education. I am especially grateful to President Mark D. Gearan, whose values and leadership over the past 18 years drew me back to this vibrant and historic campus on Seneca Lake. I am excited to continue the momentum the Colleges are experiencing and to advance our mission to prepare students to lead lives of consequence. Hobart and William Smith laid the intellectual foundation for my own life of consequence, and I intend to continue to make that a reality for future generations of HWS students.”
Vincent attended public schools in New York City, where he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He was a member of the basketball and cross country teams and majored in history and economics at Hobart. He also served as a resident advisor and was presented the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award at graduation. He earned a law degree from Ohio State and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
HWS said Vincent’s extensive career is distinguished by his commitment to equity and justice, both in education and in the wider public arena. Since joining UT in 2005, Vincent has presided over the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, now regarded as a national model. Under Vincent’s leadership, the press release said, 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.