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Dr. Vincent's Biography

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent has served as vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin for the last decade, pioneering new organizational models so that the award-winning Division of Diversity and Community Engagement could become one of the most comprehensive and innovative of its kind in higher education.

Since Dr. Vincent's appointment by President William Powers Jr. in 2005, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has grown to encompass a $50 million budget and more than 400 employees, 50 units, and 300 community partners. The division includes the exemplary UT Charter School System, the Office for Inclusion and Equity, the Community Engagement Center, the University Interscholastic League, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The division also has the highly regarded Academic Diversity Initiatives-Student Engagement (ADI-SE), which comprises school partnerships, student engagement, and pre-college endeavors that work to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from underrepresented populations in the higher education pipeline. ADI-SE has effectively influenced the educational pipeline from Pre-K to Ph.D. Other initiatives in the division's portfolio, like the Multicultural Engagement Center and the Social Justice Institute, focus on building partnerships to solve challenges related to social justice, campus culture, equity, and access. Dr. Vincent also directs the Thematic Faculty Initiative that has resulted in over 60 faculty hires and serves as the principal investigator of three nationally competitive grants. In addition, the division has been recognized through the INSIGHT Into Diversity, Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award annually since 2012, the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the Carnegie Foundation's 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

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. Dr. Vincent came to The University of Texas at Austin 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 Administration, where he holds the W. K. Kellogg Professorship in Community College Leadership.

From 2003 to 2005, Dr. 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. In Ohio, Dr. 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.

Dr. Vincent has received numerous community awards and recognitions, most recently the Whitney M. Young Legacy Award from the Austin Area Urban League, the Texas Diversity Council Trailblazer Award, the Grand Sire Archon Award from Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the Moritz College of Law Alumni Award for Community Service. Other honors include the 2011 DeWitty/Overton Freedom Award from the Austin NAACP, the Marks of Excellence Award from Na­tional Forum of Black Public Administrators, the 2014 Merit of Achievement Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi's Distinguished Citizen Award, and the 2007 Texas Exes Faculty Excellence Award. He has served as board chair for many nonprofit and community organizations, including the Austin Area Urban League and Com­munities in Schools, and he is former senior warden of St. James' Episcopal Church. Dr. Vincent currently serves on the standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the board of trustees of the Bishop Quin Foundation. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and president of 100 Black Men of Austin.

Awards and Honors

2015

  • First Tee of Greater Austin Respect Award

2014

  • Austin Area Urban League Whitney M. Young Legacy Award
  • Texas Diversity Council Trailblazer Award
  • Sigma Pi Phi Archon of the Year Award
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Merit of Achievement Award, Gamma Eta Lambda chapter
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Distinguished Citizen Award
  • Phi Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award
  • International Colloquium on Black Males in Education Warrior Award
  • African American Youth Harvest Foundation Chairman Legacy Award

2013

  • Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year Award
  • Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church Community Hero 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 Faculty Legacy Award

2006

  • Texas Diversity Council Diversity First Award

Board Memberships

  • 100 Black Men of America, Inc. – Austin Chapter, President
  • American Heart Association, Southwest
    • Health Equity Committee
  • Anti-Defamation League, Hate Crimes Task Force
  • Anti-Defamation League-Summer Educators Institute
  • Austin Area Urban League (AAUL), Immediate Past Chair
  • Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Bellwether Education Partners
  • Bishop Quin Foundation
  • Breakthrough Austin
  • Central Health Connection Steering Committee
  • Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE)
  • Community Action Network (CAN)
  • CAN Cultural Advancement, Diversity, and Inclusion Workgroup
  • w Austin Community Advisory Council
  • DDCE Development Advisory Council
  • DDCE Diversity and Equity Student Advisory Action Council (DESAAC)
  • E3 Alliance
  • Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Standing Committee Board member
  • Greater Asian Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Austin
  • National Campus Compact
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Central Texas Chapter (NFBPA, CTC)
  • Sigma Pi Phi (The Boulé)
    • Chair, Grand Social Action Committee
    • Sire Archon Elect, Western Region, Chair, Regional Strategic Plan
    • Sire Archon, Gamma Gamma Boulé, Austin, TX
  • Skillpoint Alliance
  • Texas Appleseed
  • Texas Diversity Council
  • The Ohio State University - National Council, Moritz College of Law
  • The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN)
  • UIL
  • UT Charter School
  • UT Executive Compliance Committee