Taking over the presidency of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is sort of a homecoming for Gregory Vincent, an alumnus, renowned civil rights expert, attorney and award-winning educator.
“It has been the honor of my career to come back to my alma mater to serve as president,” he said during a recent interview at his Geneva office. “I love my alma mater. It holds an enviable place in the national liberal arts market.”
Vincent, who took over leadership of the colleges in mid-July, succeeds Mark Gearan, who served as president for 18 years, the longest term in the history of the colleges. Vincent is the first HWS graduate to become president of the colleges.
“I could not be more grateful for Mark’s leadership and his excellence, the way he led this campus with such compassion and skill,” Vincent said. “That’s a great opportunity to be able to continue after a successful tenure.”
Thomas Bozzuto, chair of the board of trustees that unanimously approved Vincent’s appointment in April, called him an exemplary educator, scholar and leader whose experiences in higher education and administration made him an ideal fit for HWS.