Sigma Pi Phi, which is also known as the Boulé (the Greek term meaning “council of noblemen”), was founded in 1904 and is the oldest black Greek-letter organization for professional men. Vincent is the fraternity’s Grand Sire Archon-Elect (President-Elect). To stimulate dialogue on public policy issues, Beta Sigma Boulé established the W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Series, which invites community leaders and concerned citizens to discuss issues such as education, health, justice, financial literacy, economic development and political action.
During the 2017 event, Beta Sigma awarded scholarships to five outstanding scholar-athletes and National Honor Society members. This year’s recipients each earned GPAs of 4.0 or higher and plan to study engineering and science/pre-med at Tufts University, Morehouse College and University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
In his remarks, Vincent congratulated the recipients saying: “Beyond recognizing your outstanding success as students and engaged citizens, this award welcomes you into a lifetime of mentorship. You are now a link in a long chain of success and excellence, and that comes with a responsibility throughout your lives to pay it forward and to offer your assistance and guidance to others.”
In April, Vincent was named the 27th President of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College. A national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, he served as UT-Austin’s Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law.
A member of Gamma Gamma Boulé, Vincent is also a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., serving as National Chair of the Commission on Racial Justice.
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 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.
A 1983 graduate of Hobart College, Vincent holds a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.
His tenure as HWS president begins on Monday, July 17.