Gregory J. Vincent, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, has resigned his position. The resignation comes after allegations surfaced that Dr. Vincent plagiarized part of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania.
In a statement released by the board of trustees, Dr. Vincent said that “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.”
Dr. Vincent has served as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges since last summer. Previously, he was the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership, professor of law, and vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas in 2005. Earlier in his career, Professor Vincent taught and held administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Louisiana State University, and the University of Oregon. He is a former assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio.
Dr. Vincent is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and Hobart College, where he majored in history and economics and was a member of the basketball and cross country teams. He earned a law degree at Ohio State University and a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.