Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday named its next president.
The board of trustees voted to approve the presidential search committee’s recommendation naming Gregory Vincent as the 27th president of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College in Geneva, Ontario County. A national expert on civil rights, social justice and campus culture, Vincent serves 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.
“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,” Chairman Thomas Bozzuto said. “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.”
A 1983 graduate, Vincent is the first alumnus to serve as president.
“I am deeply honored to be selected as the president of Hobart and William Smith,” Vincent said. “As a proud alumnus, I know first-hand the transformative power of an HWS education.
“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.”
Since joining UT-Austin in 2005, Vincent has presided over the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, now regarded as a national model, colleges officials said. Under Vincent’s leadership, the division has grown to encompass a $50 million budget with more than 400 employees and 50 units, as well as 400 local and regional partners.
Vincent is expected to begin as president in mid-July, the college said. Gearan, the longest serving president in the colleges history, announced last August he would step down at the end of current school to become president in residence at Harvard University.
His appointment at Harvard starts in fall 2017. In his new role, Gearan will work with graduate students and faculty at the Graduate School of Education. A large part of the position involves an annual seminar that includes presidents from two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide.
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