Hobart and William Smith Colleges is investigating whether or not its president, Gregory Vincent, plagiarized portions of the dissertation that earned him a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
An anonymous email sent to the Geneva colleges raised allegations the dissertation repeatedly uses long passages from other works without identifying them as such. The website for the “Chronicle of Higher Education” obtained a partial copy of Vincent’s dissertation and verified it used the exact wording in one example.
The Colleges did release the following statement to our newsroom Wednesday in response to our inquiry:
Statement from Thomas S. Bozzuto, Chair of the Board of Trustees: “Hobart and William Smith Colleges are aware of the allegations in the anonymous email and are committed to thoroughly and seriously investigating them. This process to examine the issue fully and fairly has already begun. President Vincent has informed the Colleges that he believes the charges are wholly without merit.”
Before being named President in 2017, Vincent spent a dozen years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was vice president for Diversity and Community Engagement and Professor of Law.
Vincent is the 27th President of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith in 1983.