Syracuse.com covered the breaking news of Dr. Gregory J. Vincent being named President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the article, “Hobart and William Smith name Gregory Vincent as President.” The April 20 piece, written by Charley Hannagan, details Vincent’s career as a civil rights attorney then higher education administrator at the University of Texas.
The full text of the article is included below.
Geneva, N.Y. —Hobart and William Smith Colleges Thursday named Gregory Vincent, a college’s alum and a vice president at The University of Texas at Austin, as its 27th president.
Vincent is a native of New York City and graduated from Hobart and William Smith in 1983. He currently serves at The University of Texas at Austin as the vice president for diversity and community engagement, the W.K. Kellogg professor of Community College Leadership and is a professor at the law school.
“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,” said Thomas S. Bozzuto, chairman of the colleges’ board of trustees in making the announcement. “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.”
Vincent is the first alumnus chosen to lead the 2,262-student liberal arts colleges located in Geneva.
“As a proud alumnus, I know first-hand the transformative power of an HWS education,” Vincent said in a press release. “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 graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He was a member of the Hobart basketball and cross-country teams, majored in history and economics at Hobart, served as a resident advisor and was presented the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award at graduation. He earned a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.
He was an assistant attorney general in Ohio, and has served as an administrator at Louisiana State University, the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before moving to the University of Texas.
Vincent is married to Kimberly Wilson Vincent, an attorney in private practice. Their adult children are graduates of Xavier/ Louisiana State University, Spelman College and the University of Texas-Austin. They also have two children heading off to the Berklee College of Music and Morehouse College in the fall and a middle school student.
Hobart College was a men’s college founded in 1822. William Smith was a women’s college founded in 1908.
Charley Hannagan covers transportation, breaking news and the western suburbs of Onondaga County.