President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 started his first day in office at Hobart and William Smith greeting students on the steps of Coxe Hall. Throughout the course of an energetic first week, Vincent connected with students, faculty, staff and alums, as well as the local community, elected officials and members of the media.
“I am thrilled to return to my alma mater in this role and excited to work in collaboration with the Hobart and William Smith community as we advance the Colleges,” Vincent says. “I do so with immense gratitude for the opportunity to give back to a place that means so much to me.”
During his first day in office, Vincent talked to parents and alums; met with members of the Faculty Executive Committee; connected with the 2017 Orientation Coordinators Micaela Carney ’18 and Taner Bennerson ’18 as they prepare to welcome the Classes of 2021; and visited the Geneva Boys and Girls Club where he was welcomed by Executive Director Chris Lavin ’81 and Ed Wright who coached Vincent in basketball when he was at Hobart. Vincent also met with Mayor of Geneva Ron Alcock, City Manager Matt Horn and other officials at City Hall, followed by a meeting with New York Sen. Pam Helming (R-Canandaigua).
The first day in office concluded with an on-campus reception with Geneva community members. During the event, Kim Wilson Vincent was lauded for her recent recognition as a Yellow Rose of Texas, commissioned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott for her longstanding commitment to community service and, in her capacity as a lawyer, the pursuit of justice for children, women and indigent clients.
Vincent’s first week continued with meetings, interviews and media coverage, including an hour-long segment on WXXI radio’s “Connections” program during which he discussed national issues in higher education, enduring connections between HWS and the Geneva community, civil rights issues and the Supreme Court. News coverage included stories by the Finger Lakes Times, Messenger Post Media, Finger Lakes Daily News, WXXI News, Associated Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, and U.S. News & World Report, among others.
During the week, Vincent also received in-depth tours of campus and continued his outreach to members of the HWS community including a call with Ali Marpet ’15 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and meetings with HWS faculty and staff as well as Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua).