Dear Brothers:

It’s with great excitement that I share some phenomenal news. Our good brother, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent [Alpha Rho Lambda ’87], national chairman of the Commission on Racial Justice, has been appointed as the new president of his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in Geneva, N.Y. Brother Vincent, a 1983 graduate of Hobart, will serve as the 27th president of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College. He is the first alumnus to lead the colleges.

As a national expert on civil rights, social justice, and campus culture, Brother Vincent has an extensive career as an attorney, campus leader, and professor. Throughout his career, he has displayed a fervent and unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and has made it his mission to remove systemic and institutional barriers to success and equality.

Early in his career, he served as Ohio’s assistant attorney general, where he successfully argued several civil rights cases before the state’s Supreme Court. He also served as the director of regional and legal affairs at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and vice president and lead counsel for Bank One.

Later in his career, Brother Vincent was appointed as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was then named vice provost for academic affairs and campus diversity and law professor at Louisiana State University (LSU). Following his time at LSU, Brother Vincent was appointed as the vice provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity at the University of Oregon where he also served as a professor of law.

In 2005, Brother Vincent began leading the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas, Austin. He also serves as the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law. Through Brother Vincent’s hard work, leadership, and fervent commitment to racial and social justice, the DDCE has grown to encompass a $50 million budget with more than 400 employees and 50 units, as well as 400 local and regional partners, and now serves as a national model. For his service and community engagement, Brother Vincent has received numerous awards and recognitions, notably the Educator of the Year Award from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) where he serves as the grand sire archon-elect (president-elect).

Brother Vincent attended public schools in New York City where he graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. A Statesman on both the Hobart basketball and cross-country teams, he majored in history and economics at Hobart, served as a resident advisor, and was presented the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award at graduation. He earned a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.

I am confident in saying that this achievement is a great honor for both Brother Vincent and the fraternity. His hard work and commitment to diversity and inclusion have certainly been respected and admired and I am excited to see him take that same level of commitment with him as he leads Hobart and William Smith. Given our current climate as a society, his leadership is needed more now than ever before. As a fraternity, we share in his joy as he joins the legacy of Alpha men serving as college and university presidents.

The men of Alpha stand ready to support Brother Vincent as he moves forward in this new role. May he find all the resources needed to succeed on this journey from our proud organization. It is men like Brother Vincent who lift Alpha’s profile in the world and give us our reputation as the College of Friendship, the University of Brotherly Love and the School for the Better Making of Men.

Join me in congratulating our good brother, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, on his new appointment. Well done, brother!

Onward and Upward Always,

Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
General President