Gregory J. Vincent
Professor — Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
In 2006, President William Powers Jr. promoted Dr. Gregory J. Vincent to Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership. Additionally, Dr.Vincent is a professor in the School of Law and an endowed faculty fellow of the Sid W. Richardson Chair in Community College Leadership Program in the College of Education.
Vincent, a native of New York City, joined the University of Texas in 2005 as Vice Provost for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Effectiveness. From 2003 to 2005, Vincent served as Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity and Law Professor at The University of Oregon. From 1999 to 2003, Vincent served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Campus Diversity and Law Professor at Louisiana State University. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a lecturer at the law school. In Ohio, Vincent served as the Assistant Attorney General and successfully argued several major civil rights cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and was promoted to Legal and Regional Affairs Director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He was also vice president and lead counsel for Bank One and an associate in a corporate law firm.
In 2003, Vincent was named a fellow at the Institute of Higher Education for Law and Governance at the University of Houston and published articles in several law reviews and peer-reviewed journals. He has presented at a number of national and international conferences on community-university partnerships and successful diversity models.
Dr. Vincent earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law, and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania. He was recognized by Cleveland's Kaleidoscope Magazine in 1994 and the Baton Rouge Business Report in 2001 as one of the Top 40 Citizens under Forty for his community service and professional achievements. He was honored at the 2007 Institute of Interfaith Dialogue Awards, receiving the Education Award for his work in making The University of Texas at Austin more inclusive and diverse.
Currently, Vice President Vincent serves on the board of numerous organizations including the Austin Area Urban League, Communities in School, Envision Central Texas and E3 Alliance, and is chair of the University of Texas Charter Elementary School’s management board.
President Powers established the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to demonstrate that the University of Texas at Austin values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion. Dr. Vincent leads a division that encompasses four strategic areas: Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement; Pre-College Youth Development and Student Academic Success Initiatives; Institutional Equity; and School Partnerships. With the development and implementation of these areas, the university has one of the most comprehensive units of its kind in higher education.