Hobart and William Smith Colleges - HWS Presidential Inauguration of Vincent ’83
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Chair of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto '68 and President Mark D. Gearan applaud during a standing ovation for Dr. Gregory J. Vincent '83, the unanimously voted candidate by the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee to serve as the President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, who offered his initial remarks to the HWS community assembled on Thursday in the Vandervort Room.

HWS Presidential Inauguration of Vincent ’83

Hobart and William Smith will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Gregory J. Vincent ’83 as the 27th president of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College during an installation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 at Trinity Church in Geneva.

The formal inauguration, which will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m., will be streamed live on the HWS website and in Bartlett Theatre. Members of the HWS Board of Trustees and faculty leaders will officiate the installation. Tickets are required for the event. A reception will be held in Trinity Church following the program.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the investiture of Dr. Gregory J. Vincent as president of the Colleges,” says Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68. “Nationally respected for his exemplary work as a leader, scholar and educator, President Vincent has dedicated his life to creating and providing opportunities that ensure the success of students. He is a proud and loyal alumnus—and now, as president of Hobart and William Smith—has accepted the charge of guiding our mission to prepare students to lead lives of consequence.”

The inauguration ceremony will begin with a processional and will include Vincent’s inaugural address, as well as readings, music and a concluding benediction. Bringing together the HWS Board of Trustees, President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ’17, faculty, staff and student leaders, as well as other campus delegates and members of the Geneva community, the event marks not only the ceremonial transition of leadership, but also serves as a moment to reflect on the past and look to the Colleges’ future.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, students and the campus community will kick off the celebratory activities for the Presidential Inauguration with a party that will be held in the Scandling Campus Center. For those who want to express their wishes to Vincent as he begins his tenure, congratulatory messages will be compiled into a commemorative album following the investiture. Click here to submit a message.

A national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, Vincent previously served at The University of Texas at Austin as Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law. His extensive career is distinguished by his commitment to equity and justice, both in education and in the wider public arena.

A life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he serves as national chair of the Commission on Racial Justice. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) where he serves as the Grand Sire Archon-Elect (President-Elect). He earned a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.

The Colleges announced in April 20 that the HWS Board of Trustees had unanimously voted to approve naming Vincent president. A video of the announcement ceremony is available online. Vincent officially began his first day as HWS president on July 17.

A timeline of Hobart and William Smith Past Presidents is available on the Colleges website. For additional information about the Presidential Inauguration visit the Inauguration Day webpage.