Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Dr. Gregory Vincent has resigned.
In a letter to the Hobart and William Smith community Friday afternoon, Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Bozzuto writes Vincent’s resignation is in consideration of the best interests of his family and the Colleges.
Late last month, the Colleges began investigating whether or not Vincent plagiarized portions of his dissertation that earned him a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. The matter was brought to the attention of the Colleges after they received an anonymous email raising the allegations. Bozzuto says with Vincent’s resignation, the Board has halted their investigation and “turned its attention to the important work now facing the Colleges.”
After a great deal of thought and consideration, in the best interests of my family and myself, and for the love of Hobart and William Smith, I have decided to tender my resignation in order to explore new opportunities,” said Vincent. “This has been a difficult decision because I believe strongly in the value of a Hobart and William Smith education and the trajectory that we have been mapping during the past year. 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. I remain grateful for the partnership of the community and wish the Colleges well.”
Vincent was inaugurated last October as the 27th president of Hobart College and 16th president of William Smith College. He is a 1983 graduate of Hobart.
Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire will serve as interim president while the Colleges conduct a national search for their next president.
The letter sent by Mr. Bozzuto appears below:
Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,
Later today, the Colleges will announce that Gregory Vincent has decided to resign his position effective immediately. He does so in consideration of the best interests of his family and the Colleges, and with deep regret that anonymous accusations were a distraction to his presidency and the work of Hobart and William Smith.
As I stated in past communications to campus, the Board has been working assiduously to protect the reputation, values and academic integrity of the Colleges. Certainly, it had been my hope that we would have the time to show, through a full and fair investigation of the anonymous allegations of plagiarism, that they are without merit. I do, however, understand and respect Greg’s position, and appreciate his thoughtful regard for the Colleges. His decision to resign as president means the Board has halted the investigation and turned its attention to the important work now facing the Colleges.
I have asked Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire L.H.D. ’12 to serve as interim president while we conduct a national search for our next president. A longtime HWS faculty member and respected scholar and teacher, Pat has more than 40 years of experience as a professor and administrator, most recently serving as the co-chair of the Culture of Respect initiative and as interim provost and dean of faculty. I am deeply grateful to Pat for assisting the Colleges in such an important way. I will be in touch with details on the presidential search when they are available.
Thank you all for your good will and counsel during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any concerns or questions. I send my best wishes for a successful conclusion to the semester and look forward to seeing many of you at Commencement.
Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68
Chair, Board of Trustees