The HWS Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Gregory J. Vincent ’83 was announced in the Finger Lakes Times ahead of the formal ceremony.
The Oct. 26 article, “HWS President Greg Vincent to be installed Friday,” quoted Vincent, provided details about the Colleges’ Inauguration festivities and gave details about how the public could watch the ceremony.
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The full article from the Finger Lakes Times is as follows.
Finger Lakes Times
HWS President Greg Vincent to be installed Friday
Steve Buchiere • Oct. 26, 2017
GENEVA — Inauguration festivities begin today for new Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Greg Vincent.
Vincent, a 1983 Hobart graduate, will be installed Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church on South Main Street. Former HWS President Mark Gearan is among the dignitaries expected to attend.
The inauguration, which starts at 4:30 p.m. and requires a ticket to gain entry, will be streamed live on the HWS website and at venues on campus, including Bartlett Theatre and Albright Auditorium. Members of the HWS Board of Trustees and faculty leaders will officiate the installation.
In April, the HWS Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve Vincent as the Colleges’ next president. He began his new duties July 17.
“I have had the privilege of knowing Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a student and an alumnus, and it is the honor of my professional career to now serve my alma mater as president,” Vincent said. “The upcoming inauguration ceremony is reminiscent of wonderful HWS traditions like convocation and graduation. I look forward to celebrating the start of a new era in the Colleges’ history surrounded by the people who make it such a special place.”
Vincent worked at the University of Texas before being hired at HWS. He said he and his wife, Kim, loved Austin and had no intention of leaving.
“But coming home to New York and being here in Geneva is what changed that for us,” he said.
HWS Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Bozzuto said he is excited that Vincent has returned to Geneva.
“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 said. “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.”
According to HWS, 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.
The inaugural celebration starts today with a party in the Scandling Campus Center.
A national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, Vincent served as vice president for diversity and community engagement at Texas. His extensive career is distinguished by his commitment to equity and justice, both in education and in the wider public arena, the Colleges said. He earned a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.