President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 has been named by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to serve on the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group. Vincent’s term of service will run until the January 2020 NCAA Convention.
Vincent joins 22 other presidents and chancellors from across the nation in advising the Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body in the division.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to represent Hobart and William Smith and our athletic conferences, and I’m excited to work with my colleagues toward programs and policies that support and educate our student athletes on and off the field,” says Vincent.
“It is critical to have presidents engage in discussions on key issues in Division III at the national, conference and campus levels,” says Mark Emmert, NCAA President, whom Vincent worked with at Louisiana State University in the early 2000s. “I am delighted that Greg has agreed to serve in this capacity and look forward to having his voice be part of those discussions.”
Representatives to the group, who serve a minimum of two years, are tasked with enhancing understanding of the NCAA governance process among Division III college and university leadership; promoting leadership on legislative proposals, policies and strategic direction at the national, conference and institutional levels; and furthering the integration of athletics programs within the educational mission of Division III schools and conferences.
Vincent is a national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture. Prior to joining HWS as president in 2017, he served at The University of Texas at Austin as vice president for diversity and community engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law. At UT-Austin, he presided over the university’s division of diversity and community engagement, now regarded as a national model.
A native of New York City, he attended public school and graduated from Bronx High School of Science. He majored in history and economics at Hobart and William Smith, where he played basketball and ran cross-country for the Statesmen, before earning a law degree from Ohio State University and doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.
In 2017, Money magazine and Sports Illustrated named Hobart and William Smith among the nation’s best colleges and universities that offer great athletics matched by an outstanding education. The “100 Best Colleges for Sports Lovers” ranking features “great colleges for students who love sports — but who also want a high-quality, affordable education that positions them for career success.”
According to CollegeFactual.com’s 2018 National Student-Athlete Rankings, the Colleges are home to the country’s top programs in women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and men’s hockey, among Division III teams. Heron soccer and lacrosse were ranked first and second in the nation, respectively, while the Statesmen hockey team came in at No. 2.
For information about the Statesmen and Herons, visit the HWS athletics page.