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Connections: New HWS president, Gregory Vincent

Jul 20, 2017

We take Connections on the road to WEOS in Geneva to meet the new president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Dr. Gregory Vincent began his tenure at the Colleges on Monday, and his welcome was more like a homecoming -- he's an HWS alumnus.

Vincent is a former civil rights attorney and a national expert on civil rights, free speech, social justice, and campus culture. He most recently served as the vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, where he acted as a university spokesman in the case of Fisher V. University of Texas. In that case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the university's use of affirmative action in its admissions process.

We talk to Vincent about his time at HWS as a student and what brought him back to the campus as its president. We also discuss issues in higher education: the importance of diversity at institutions, accessibility of education, and free tuition at public colleges in New York State.