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Dr. Vincent's Biography

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent was named Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement in 2006, when President William Powers Jr. created an entirely new division as one of his four strategic initiatives for The University of Texas at Austin.

Since that time, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has become one of the most comprehensive divisions of its kind in the nation. It has grown to encompass more than 50 units and projects, including the highly regarded UT Elementary School, the university’s Office of Institutional Equity, the Community Engagement Center, the University Interscholastic League, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and a number of initiatives that work to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from underrepresented populations in the higher education pipeline. Other initiatives focus on building partnerships to solve challenges related to education, social justice, equity and access.

Dr. Vincent came to The University of Texas in 2005 as Vice Provost for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Effectiveness. He is currently a professor in the School of Law and a professor in the Department of Higher Education and holds the W. K. Kellogg Professorship in Community College Leadership.

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.

Dr. Vincent has received numerous community awards and recognitions, most recently the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year Award and the Moritz College of Law Alumni Award for Community Service, The Ohio State University. In 2011 Dr. Vincent was honored with the DeWitty/Overton Freedom Award from the Austin NAACP, the Marks of Excellence Award from National Forum of Black Public Administrators, the Prairie View Interscholastic League Lifetime Achievement Award and was named the Austin American Statesman Out and About Education Star for 2011. He also received the 2010 Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Community Partnership Award, the 2010 Multicultural Leadership Award from the Texas Diversity Council, the 2010 Spirit of Giving Award from the Austin Independent School District, the 2009 Community Service Award from the NAACP, and the Austin Circle of Influence award from the Austin Urban League in 2008 and 2009.

A native of New York City, Dr. Vincent earned his bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania.

Awards and Honors

2013

  • Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year Award

2012

  • Moritz College of Law Alumni Award for Community Service, The Ohio State University

2011

  • DeWitty/Overton Freedom Award, the Austin Chapter of the NAACP
  • Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (PVILCA) Lifetime Achievement Award
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Central Texas Chapter’s Mark of Excellence Award

2010

  • Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Community Partnership Award
  • Grand Marshal, Austin Pride 2010
  • Texas Diversity Council Multicultural Leadership Award
  • Austin Independent School District Spirit of Giving Award

2009

  • Community Service Award, Austin Chapter of the NAACP
  • Austin Area Urban League Circle of Influence Award
  • The University of Texas at Austin Chicano-Hispanic Law Students Association Spirit Award

2008

  • Austin Area Urban League Circle of Influence Award

2007

  • Almetris Duren Student Involvement Award
  • Institute of Interfaith Dialogue Education Award
  • Texas Exes Legacy Award

2006

  • Texas Diversity Council Diversity First Award

Board Memberships

  • African American Men & Boys Harvest Foundation (AAMB), Chair
  • Anti-Defamation League, Hate Crimes Task Force
  • Austin Area Urban League (AAUL), Chair
  • Big XII Diversity Officers
  • Central Health Connection Steering Committee
  • Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE)
  • Communities in Schools, President Elect
  • Community Action Network
  • E3 Alliance
  • Gamma Gamma Boulé
    • Chair, Subcommittee on Mentoring (Grand)
    • Grammateus, Western Region (Regional Level)
    • Chair, Social Action Committee (Local Level)
  • National Association of Diversity Officers (NADOHE)
    • Chair, Professional Development Committee
  • Skillpoint Alliance
  • St. James Episcopal Church, Senior Warden
  • Texas Diversity Council

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