President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Presentation Topic: Memory and Monuments in the Public Space
The President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent is 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, as well as diversity in higher education, engagement between communities and universities, and workplace discrimination.
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 and later as vice president and lead counsel for Bank One.
Vincent is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., serving as national chair of the Commission on Racial Justice. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) where he is Grand Sire Archon-Elect (President-Elect). He has been a member of Moritz College of Law National Council since 2008.
For his service and community engagement, Vincent has received numerous awards and recognitions, notably the Educator of the Year Award from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Vincent holds a bachelor’s in history and economics from Hobart and William Smith, a law degree from Ohio State University and a doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.