Austin Business Journal, an Austin, Texas news outlet, published, “UT Austin diversity boss leaves to take top post at alma mater” on April 21. The piece, written by Will Anderson, covers Gregory J. Vincent’s impact on higher education at the University of Texas and the historical announcement from the Colleges to appoint the first alumnus as president.
The full text from the article is included below.
Vincent, a professor in UT’s School of Law and the university’s first vice president for diversity and community engagement, is set to start his new job as president of HWS July 16, ac
Over 11 years, Vincent played a pivotal part in recruiting diverse faculty and graduate students, creating support systems for students of color and first-generation college students, and spearheaded the first University Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which was published in March.
Though it is very difficult to see such an accomplished leader depart our university, I know that Dr. Vincent will flourish in his new role and continue to transform the lives of students — just as he has done for so many years at UT,” UT President Gregory Fenves said in a statement.
Since taking over the administrative post at UT in 2006, Vincent has grown the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to encompass a $50 million budget and more than 400 employees, according to his online bio.
He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1983 and will be the first alumnus to serve as president. Before coming to UT, Vincent worked at various law schools and served as Ohio’s assistant attorney general in the early 1990s.
“I am deeply honored to be selected as the president of Hobart and William Smith,” Vincent said in a statement. “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.”