Dr. Vincent out at HWS, ending plagiarism investigation

On Friday, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent ’83 announced to the Board of Trustees that he would resign his position as president effective immediately.

“After a great deal of thought and consideration, in the best interests of my family and myself, and for the love of Hobart and William Smith, I have decided to tender my resignation in order to explore new opportunities,” said Vincent. “This has been a difficult decision because I believe strongly in the value of a Hobart and William Smith education and the trajectory that we have been mapping during the past year. Given the anonymous allegations leveled against my scholarship, however, and the distraction they have caused, I believe this is the best decision for the Colleges and for me. My primary concern is to avoid any further stress to the campus community. I remain grateful for the partnership of the community and wish the Colleges well.”


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. He earned his law degree from Ohio State University and a doctorate of education from The University of Pennsylvania.

“We are thankful to Greg and his family for their service to the Colleges during the past year,” says Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68. “I and the rest of the Board respect Greg’s decision and have accepted his resignation with appreciation for his dedication and commitment.”

Bozzuto has announced that Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire L.H.D. ’12 will serve as Interim President while the Colleges conduct a national search for a new president.

A longtime HWS faculty member, respected scholar and innovative teacher, McGuire has served the Colleges in a variety of leadership roles for more than 40 years, including as co-chair of the Culture of Respect initiative and interim provost and dean of faculty. With his colleague, Professor Emeritus of Political Science Joe DiGangi, McGuire co-founded the Colleges’ Public Policy program in Washington, D.C., which he led as faculty director 10 times. He co-taught the “Two Cities” bi-disciplinary course with Professor Emeritus of Sociology James Spates for more than 20 years.

As a faculty member, McGuire led HWS off-campus programs in Ireland, England and Central Europe. With his wife Sandy, he has directed five alumni, alumnae and parent trips to Ireland. McGuire is an active member of the Geneva community, serving on the board of the Geneva Boys & Girls Club and Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, among many other commitments.

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