Hobart and William Smith Colleges will soon start a nationwide search for a new president.
Friday afternoon, ten days after it was announced he was accused of plagiarism, Gregory Vincent resigned, leaving the colleges in a cloud of confusion.
The chairman of the colleges’ board of trustees, Thomas Bozzuto wrote in an email to the campus community that Vincent has decided to resign his position effective immediately, doing so in the best interests of his family and Hobart and William Smith.
Hobart and William Smith opened an investigation, but with Vincent’s resignation, Bozzuto says the trustees have now halted that probe.
Alex Kerai is editor in chief of the campus newspaper, “The Herald.” He says the announcement that the trustees have halted their investigation is concerning to students.
The accusation of plagiarism came in an anonymous email to some media outlets, claiming that Vincent had not properly cited parts of the doctoral dissertation that he earned from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Vincent, a 1983 Hobart graduate and the first black president in the college’s history, had been on the job less than a year, succeeding longtime President Mark Gearan.
Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire will serve as interim president while the colleges conduct a national search for a new president.