President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 has been named an emeritus trustee of the National Council of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, a designation reserved for trustees most engaged with the college. Vincent, who earned his law degree from Moritz in 1987, has served on the council since 2008.
“It has been a privilege to serve Moritz College and Ohio State as a council trustee to help shape the institution that offered me so much,” says Vincent, who was asked by Alan C. Michaels, Moritz College of Law Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Chair in Law, to serve as an emeritus trustee. “I am humbled by this recognition and look forward to continuing my engagement with the college and its community.”
A national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, Vincent has devoted his career to equity and justice, both in education and in the wider public arena. His scholarship and teaching explore issues of educational equity and access, diversity in higher education, engagement and partnerships between communities.
Prior to joining HWS as president in 2017, Vincent 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. In 2016, Vincent played a major role in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, in which the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the use of affirmative action in higher education.
As Ohio’s assistant attorney general in the early 1990s, Vincent successfully argued several major civil rights cases before that state’s Supreme Court. He went on to serve as director for regional and legal affairs at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in Cleveland.
Among the many awards he has received for his service and community engagement, Vincent was honored with the Moritz College of Law’s Community Service Award in 2012.